First Bank inks new chief deposit officer

Hamilton-based First Bank announced it has appointed Emilio Cooper its new chief deposit officer and executive vice president.

Cooper has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. He will be responsible for the bank’s retail, small business, municipal and commercial deposit areas.

“Core deposit growth is one of our most important strategic priorities,” Patrick L. Ryan, First Bank CEO and president, said. “The addition of Emilio together with the great teams and leaders already in place at First Bank will allow us to continue our path toward becoming a strong deposit gatherer.”

Prior to First Bank, Cooper was head of sales and distribution for BMO Harris Bank.

“At his core, Emilio has an entrepreneurial mindset with a community banking frame of reference,” Ryan said. “He can build teams, communicate strategies and inspire team members to achieve.”