First Merchants appoints Pat Fehring to the Board of Directors of the Corporation and the Bank

– USA, IN –  First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME), an $18 billion financial holding company, today announced the election of Pat Fehring to the Boards of Directors of First Merchants Corporation and First Merchants Bank.

“The First Merchants Board of Directors is proud to welcome Mr. Fehring,” said Board Chairman Charles Schalliol. “Patrick’s financial services expertise and commitment to southeastern Michigan communities will serve our shareholders and customers well as First Merchants continues to grow and expand.”

Mark K. Hardwick, CEO added, “Experienced bankers like Pat Fehring have always been an important voice in our board room. I’m thankful that Pat is willing to serve, and that Southeast Michigan will be well represented.”

About Patrick J. Fehring

Fehring recently announced plans to transition from his day-to-day leadership role as President and CEO of Level One Bank and Level One Bancorp, Inc. He has served in this position since the founding of the bank in 2007. First Merchants Corporation and Level One Bancorp finalized a merger of the two companies in April.

Before founding Level One in 2007, Fehring spent 27 years with Fifth Third Bancorp and its affiliates, most recently as President of Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan. Mr. Fehring received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in Ohio. Fehring is an active leader in the local community, where he is engaged with the Entrepreneurs Organization and serves as a Board Member of Ascension Health Michigan and as Board Chair of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan.

“I am honored to accept this position and join such a distinguished group of professional leaders,” said Pat Fehring. “The merger with First Merchants is a strong match of corporate cultures, values, and commitment to exceptional customer service. This development only reaffirms that compatibility. First Merchants’ current trajectory of performance and growth presents enormous potential, and I look forward to contributing to continued momentum and success.”

About First Merchants Corporation:

First Merchants Corporation is a financial holding company headquartered in Muncie, Indiana. The Corporation has one full-service bank charter, First Merchants Bank. The Bank also operates as First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors and Level One Bank (as divisions of First Merchants Bank).

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