Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Garry D. Kleer
President/Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Garry D. Kleer serves as Chairman of the Board of First Bank Richmond, Richmond Mutual Bancorporation-Delaware and First Mutual of Richmond-MHC (collectively, the “First Bank Richmond Entities”). Mr. Kleer also serves as a member of the Mutual Federal advisory board of directors. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank Richmond since 2001 and Richmond Mutual Bancorporation and First Mutual of Richmond since 2006. He is Director of First Bank Richmond since 2002. Mr. Kleer began his banking career in 1978 at American Fletcher National Bank in the Career Associates Program and was promoted to Vice President and Branch Manager in 1983. In 1986, American Fletcher National Bank, the second largest banking company in Indiana at the time, was acquired by Bank One where Mr. Kleer served as a Vice President until he joined First Bank Richmond as Vice President of Commercial Lending. His community involvement includes serving on the Boards of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Wayne County Revolving Loan Fund, Reid Health Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County, Indiana Bankers Association and Wayne County Foundation. Mr. Kleer has also served as Past President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County. He has been recognized with the Indiana University East Chancellor’s Medallion, Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Richmond/Wayne County Distinguished Community Leader and Boys and Girls Club Man and Youth Award. Mr. Kleer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University in 1978. He attended the ABA Graduate School of Commercial Lending and graduated with honors from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. With 40 years of experience working in the banking industry, his service on the Boards of numerous community organizations and his extensive involvement in community, Mr. Kleer brings outstanding leadership skills and a deep understanding of the local banking market and issues facing the banking industry.
Donald A. Benziger
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Benziger joined First Bank Richmond in 2012 as Senior Vice President-Chief Financial Officer and has served as Executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer since 2014. Mr. Benziger has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. This experience has included serving as Chief Financial Officer at several public companies, including SEC registrants. His responsibilities include management and direction of the finance and accounting functions, asset-liability management, budgeting, investment management, and regulatory reporting. Mr. Benziger holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Northern University and an MBA in Finance from Bowling Green State University. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Dean W. Weinert
President of Mutual Federal
Mr. Weinert served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mutual Federal Savings Bank, which operated independently from First Bank Richmond as a wholly owned bank subsidiary of Richmond Mutual Bancorporation-Delaware, from 2010 through 2016, and as Division President since 2016 when Mutual Federal Savings Bank was combined with First Bank Richmond through an internal merger transaction. Mr. Weinert also serves as a member of the Mutual Federal advisory board of directors. Prior to joining Mutual Federal and First Bank Richmond, Mr. Weinert served as a senior officer in the large corporate special assets division of PNC National Bank in Indianapolis (2008–2010), a senior commercial lending officer at Park National Bank in Columbus, Ohio (2006–2008), and as President of Eaton National Bank, Eaton, Ohio (2002–2006). In addition, over his 45 year career in banking, Mr. Weinert has held numerous commercial banking positions, including serving as a senior credit analyst, corporate lending officer, commercial lending division manager, special assets group manager, corporate banking manager and chief commercial credit officer, predominately with the Indiana National Bank in Indiana and its several successor entities through subsequent mergers. Mr. Weinert holds a BA in Economics from Wabash College and an MBA from Butler University.
Beth A. Brittenham
Sr. Vice President/Human Resources Director
Ms. Brittenham, employed by First Bank Richmond since 1979, currently serves as Senior Vice President-Human Resources. Ms. Brittenham has served in various positions in the human resources department during her 40 year career at First Bank Richmond and as Senior Vice President-Human Resources since 2011. Her responsibilities include employee relations, payroll, benefits and the administration of all phases of the human resources area. In addition, Ms. Brittenham serves as corporate secretary to the First Bank Richmond Entities.
Albert E. Fullerton Jr.
Sr. Vice President/Chief Information Officer/Information Security Officer
Mr. Fullerton, employed by First Bank Richmond since 2005, currently serves as Senior Vice President-Chief Information Officer/Information Security Officer. Mr. Fullerton has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer/Information Security Officer since 2013. His responsibilities include managing the bank’s technology resources and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of IT systems across the organization. In addition, Mr. Fullerton is responsible for the development of the cyber security-related policies and processes that reduce the organization’s operational risks. Mr. Fullerton received his graduate degree from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He earned a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designation from ISACA and a Certified Banking Security Manager (CBSM) designation from the SBS Cyber Security Institute.
Cathy J. Hays
Sr. Vice President/Chief Audit Executive/Training Director
Ms. Hays, employed by First Bank Richmond since 1999, currently serves as Senior Vice President-Chief Audit Examiner and Training Director and has been employed in the financial services industry for 34 years. Her responsibilities include overseeing the bank’s internal audit program, FDICIA compliance, exam preparation for all regulators and external auditors, and coordinating and overseeing employee training. Ms. Hays received her BA from Indiana University East and, in 2004, received her designation as a BAI Certified Bank Auditor.
Alan M. Spears
Sr. Vice President/Trust
Mr. Spears, since 2003, has served as Senior Vice President-Senior Trust Officer of First Bank Richmond. Mr. Spears has 29 years of experience in wealth management with a focus on investments and estate planning. He is responsible for investments, trust and estate administration and new business development. Mr. Spears holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from Indiana University, and a JD from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
Pamela S. Stoops
Sr. Vice President/Retail Lending Manager
Ms. Stoops, since 2004, has served as Senior Vice President-Retail Lending Manager at First Bank Richmond. Ms. Stoops has more than 33 years of experience in the financial services industry, primarily in residential lending. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of our retail lending operations, including our secondary market operations. Ms. Stoops received her Associate’s Degree in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University and holds a life, accident and health insurance license.
Robin S. Weinert
Sr. Vice President/Operations and Retail Banking
Mrs. Weinert, employed by First Bank Richmond since 2006, currently serves as Senior Vice President-Operations/Retail Banking. Mrs. Weinert has served as Senior Vice President-Operations/Retail Banking of First Bank Richmond since 2015. Her responsibilities include overseeing our retail branches and marketing. She also is responsible for the overall planning and effectiveness of the retail branch initiatives related to the delivery of exceptional customer service and diversification strategies. Mrs. Weinert has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry with an emphasis on retail, operations and sales. Mrs. Weinert is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also completed Indiana University East’s Center for Leadership Development program and the Indiana Bankers Association’s Compliance School Operations and Deposit programs.
Paul J. Witte
Sr. Vice President/Commercial Lending Manager
Mr. Witte, employed by First Bank Richmond since 1996, currently serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending and Commercial Leasing. Mr. Witte has served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending since 2014 and Commercial Leasing since 2006. Mr. Witte manages First Bank Richmond’s Commercial Lending Department and is co-chair of the Officer’s Loan Committee and member of the Executive Loan Committee. He also provides direction and oversight to the Leasing Department, as needed, and generally is responsible for the review of larger leasing credit applications. Mr. Witte is a graduate of Ball State University with a B.S. in Accounting, Corporate Finance and Institutional Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive). He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has attended the Financial Managers School sponsored by the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Board of Directors

Garry D. Kleer
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Garry D. Kleer serves as Chairman of the Board of First Bank Richmond, Richmond Mutual Bancorporation-Delaware and First Mutual of Richmond-MHC (collectively, the “First Bank Richmond Entities”). Mr. Kleer also serves as a member of the Mutual Federal advisory board of directors. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank Richmond since 2001 and Richmond Mutual Bancorporation and First Mutual of Richmond since 2006. He is Director of First Bank Richmond since 2002. Mr. Kleer began his banking career in 1978 at American Fletcher National Bank in the Career Associates Program and was promoted to Vice President and Branch Manager in 1983. In 1986, American Fletcher National Bank, the second largest banking company in Indiana at the time, was acquired by Bank One where Mr. Kleer served as a Vice President until he joined First Bank Richmond as Vice President of Commercial Lending. His community involvement includes serving on the Boards of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Wayne County Revolving Loan Fund, Reid Health Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County, Indiana Bankers Association and Wayne County Foundation. Mr. Kleer has also served as Past President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County. He has been recognized with the Indiana University East Chancellor’s Medallion, Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Richmond/Wayne County Distinguished Community Leader and Boys and Girls Club Man and Youth Award. Mr. Kleer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University in 1978. He attended the ABA Graduate School of Commercial Lending and graduated with honors from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. With 40 years of experience working in the banking industry, his service on the Boards of numerous community organizations and his extensive involvement in community, Mr. Kleer brings outstanding leadership skills and a deep understanding of the local banking market and issues facing the banking industry.
E. Michael Blum
Mr. E. Michael Blum has served as a board member of First Bank Richmond since 1993 and Richmond Mutual Bancorporation-Delaware and First Mutual of Richmond-MHC since their formation in 1998. Mr. Blum, since 1987, is the President and Owner of Bullerdick, a furniture and mattress store located in Richmond Indiana, which has been in business since 1930. He is a member of the Richmond Redevelopment Commission and was a past president and director of Main Street Center City Development, a former community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the historic downtown area of Richmond, Indiana. Mr. Blum’s years of work with and running Bullerdick has provided him with strong leadership, management, financial and administrative skills, which together with his 25 years of service as a bank director, brings valuable knowledge and skills to organization. In addition, his participation in local business community for over 30 years brings knowledge of the local economy and business opportunities to First Bank Richmond.
Kathryn Cruz-Uribe
Ms. Kathryn Cruz-Uribe has served as a board member of the First Bank Richmond Entities since 2016. Ms. Cruz-Uribe currently serves as the Chancellor/CEO of Indiana University East located in Richmond, Indiana, a growing, vibrant educational institution with a significant online presence and over 300 employees. As Chancellor, Ms. Cruz-Uribe exercises broad responsibilities for all aspects of the academic, student, financial, development and administrative operations of the campus in coordination with Indiana University central administration. Her responsibilities also include strategic planning, risk assessment (including Information Technology threats and security), federal and state regulatory compliance and maintenance of accreditation standards. Prior to joining Indiana University East in 2013, Ms. Cruz-Uribe was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Monterey Bay, from 2007 to 2013, leading all aspects of the academic operations of the university and serving as its second-in-command. Before that she was at Northern Arizona University from 1989 to 2006, serving four years as Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ms. Cruz-Uribe serves on the board of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce (past chair of the board), the Richmond Art Museum (second vice president), the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (vice president), the Wayne County Foundation and Reid Health. She earned her BA from Middlebury College, followed by an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Ms. Cruz-Uribe’s extensive leadership, management and strategic planning experience, as well as her civic and community involvement, provide her with valuable skills beneficial to board and the committees on which she serves.
Jeffrey A. Jackson
Mr. Jeffrey A. Jackson joined the board of directors of the First Bank Richmond Entities in November 2018. Mr. Jackson currently is a director at Brady Ware & Company, a regional accounting firm with more than 150 professional team members, serving clients throughout the Midwest and in Georgia in a variety of industries. He joined Brady Ware & Company in 1980 and became a director in the firm in 1989 and served on its executive committee until December 2018. Mr. Jackson serves a wide variety of industries including manufacturers, contractors, retailers, agricultural businesses and professionals, with a focus on tax and financial planning issues of business owners and their closely-held businesses. Mr. Jackson has served nearly ten years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County and also currently serves on the Business Advisory Council for IU East School of Business and Economics. He is also a member of the board of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Jackson’s past board service includes the Reid Health Foundation and the Forest Hills Country Club, where he also served as president. Mr. Jackson joined the United States Army upon graduation from high school and, following his military service, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in accounting from Ball State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner and has received his Personal Financial Specialist credentials from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Jackson was inducted into the eastern Indiana Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2017. Mr. Jackson’s qualifications to serve as a board member include his extensive and varied accounting experience, as well as his knowledge of and involvement in the communities we serve.
Lindley S. Mann
Mr. Lindley S. Mann has served as a board member of the First Bank Richmond Entities since 1998. Mr. Mann is president, since 1976, of EG Hill Co., a wholesale florist located in Richmond, Indiana. He also served as president of Hill Floral Products, a floral distributor, from 1992 until it was sold in 2002. Mr. Mann currently serves as a trustee on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County and in the past was actively involved in the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Richmond Art Museum. Mr. Mann received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Mann’s business and management experience in the retail space, as both an owner and operator, and his 21 years serving as a bank director give him a broad range of experience and knowledge which he draws upon for service on board and his assigned committees. In addition, his participation in local business community for over 40 years brings knowledge of the local economy and business opportunities to First Bank Richmond.
W. Ray Stevens III
Mr. W. Ray Stevens, III has served as a board member of First Bank Richmond since 1994 and Richmond Mutual Bancorporation-Delaware and First Mutual of Richmond-MHC since their formation in 1998. Mr. Stevens was the President and Owner of Stevens Wire Products, a manufacturer of wire products, from 1986 until his retirement in 2016. He is a past board member of the Wire Fabricators Association, the Richmond YMCA, the Richmond Redevelopment Commission, the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and the Forest Hills Country Club, and has supported and continues to support various not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Stevens graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. Mr. Stevens’ business experience as an owner and operator of a manufacturing company, including navigating the numerous business cycles which occurred over his more than 30 years in the industry, and his 25 years serving as a bank director helped him develop valuable skills which he draws upon for service on board and his assigned committees. In addition, his participation in local business community for over 30 years brings knowledge of the local economy and business opportunities to First Bank Richmond.
M. Lynn Wetzel
Mr. M. Lynn Wetzel has served as a board member of the First Bank Richmond Entities since 2016. Mr. Wetzel began working in the automobile industry in 1973, purchasing his first dealership in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a Mercedes-Benz dealership, in 1983. Mr. Wetzel currently owns and operates six dealerships in Richmond, Indiana, which include Honda and Dodge dealerships purchased in 1998, Chrysler and Jeep dealerships purchased in 2004, and Ford and Chevrolet dealerships purchased in 2007. He serves as a trustee on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County, is a former board member of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, past president and former board member of the Pittsburgh Auto Dealers Trade Association and former board member of the Pennsylvania Automobile Dealers Association. Mr. Wetzel also actively supports multiple charitable causes in the community including sponsorship, in partnership with First Bank Richmond and the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, of the “School is Cool” program which gives an automobile or scholarship annually to a senior high school student with perfect attendance during the school year. Mr. Wetzel’s business acumen, including his broad range of knowledge in the areas of finance, leasing, negotiations and day to day business operations resulting from his extensive career in the automobile industry makes him a valuable asset to board and the committees on which he serves.
Harold T. Hanley III