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HISTORY

Not many banks can claim nearly a century of dedication to customer service. First Bank can! Our legendary customer service began back in 1910, when William F. Dierberg became president of the bank. Three generations and nearly 100 years later, James F. Dierberg has grown a modest, family-owned bank into one of the largest privately-owned bank holding companies in the United States today.

In 1966, at the age of 29, James Dierberg took over the helm as president. At that time, First Bank had one office and $10 million in assets. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Dierberg acquired and built banks in Missouri and expanded into Illinois. In the mid-1990s, Dierberg entered the California and Texas markets with a series of acquisitions. By the end of 2000, Dierberg had grown the organization to more than 135 offices in five states with more than $5.2 billion in assets. Today, First Bank has over $6.23 billion in assets and 130 offices. Throughout this growth, Dierberg never lost sight of what's important -- putting the customer first.

As one of the largest family-owned bank holding companies in the United States, Dierberg guarantees that the bank is not for sale. In this era of aggressive mega-bank acquisitions and takeovers, our customers can count on receiving personalized, friendly service along with a comprehensive array of banking products.

 


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