Meet Our Business Banking Team
Our business banking experts are knowledgeable, experienced and ready to help you make right financial decisions for your business. Find a business banking expert near you.
Ben RobertsonOriginally from Scotland, Ben made the move to Kentucky in 2000 to pursue his education. Ben specializes in small business banking and helping customers find solutions to utilize equity from their business. In his spare time, Ben spends his time coaching soccer.
Jeff RickettsJeff joined the Forcht Bank Team in 2009 and is a Kentucky native with 25 years of lending history. As Director of the Secondary Market Lending Division for Forcht until 2019, he was responsible for all residential lending aspects through KHC, RHS, FHA, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac. As a Commercial VP now with Forcht Bank, Jeff focuses on commercial banking and community development efforts. Jeff has served on various community and civil boards, and is a current board member for non-profit- REACH (Resources, Education & Assistance for Community Housing). Outside of work Jeff enjoys playing golf and spending time with his two kids, Alex & Lily.
Scott OsbornScott has been in banking for over 25 years, where he has focused on business banking and commercial lending. One of the most rewarding aspects of his job is seeing small businesses succeed and grow. His knowledge and understanding of small business comes not only from banking but from personal experience. Scott is a graduate of Berea College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He is a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and volunteers his free time with church and local schools. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 daughters while they camp and travel together.
Jeremy BrownJeremy prides himself in his involvement with the Richmond and London community. He is a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, London Chamber of Commerce, Richmond Rotary Club, and serves on the Board for Leadership Madison County and the board for Lafontaine Preparatory School. He volunteers his free time to local schools, youth sports, and presenting financial seminars at EKU. Mr. Brown graduated from Campbellsville University with a Master’s in Business and Organizational Leadership, and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He also attended the University of Tennessee and the University of Georgia where he completed the majority of his bachelors degree. He currently resides in Richmond with his wife and three children.
Jimmy SewardJimmy has been working with business owners and real estate investors in the Louisville area for over 10 years. A Kentucky native, Jimmy grew up on a family farm in Jessamine County before moving to Lexington where he graduated from the University of Kentucky’s business college. When he’s not in the bank, Jimmy enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his Wife and 3 children.
Jason StueckerJason Stuecker joined the Forcht Bank team in 2012. A Louisville native, he earned his bachelor degree from the University of Kentucky and a MBA from Bellarmine. As the Louisville Market President, he oversees the commercial banking, retail banking, and community development efforts. He is a current member of Leadership Louisville Center and graduate of their two signature leadership programs - Ignite Louisville (2011) and Leadership Louisville (May 2015). His board involvement includes the March of Dimes, Catholic Charities, Fairdale Business Association and Trinity High School. Jason was recognized as one of 20 people to know in Finance by Business First and also recognized in 2014 Forty under 40. He is married to Adrea Stuecker, CPA, and has two children, Hampton and Hadley. In his spare time he enjoys working out (2 times Iron Horse Champion), reading and activities in the outdoors.
Barbourville, Corbin, London, Williamsburg
Mike SharpeAfter graduating from Williamsburg High School and Cumberland College, Mike went directly into community banking on a local level in 1993. Mike has a great family with a wife and two children in college, a son at the University of Tennessee and a daughter at Western Kentucky University. Over the past twenty-eight years he has served in leadership positions with many community organizations.
Michael Adams Jr.
Michael Adams Jr.A native of Pontiac Michigan and an alumnus of Kentucky State University, Michael Adams Jr. is a Commercial Banking Relationship Manager at Forcht Bank. Michael resides in Lexington and appreciates everything that makes this state special and unique, such as Kentucky Bourbon. Upon discovering his zeal for bourbon, Mike became an Executive Bourbon Steward and cofounded a non-profit educational organization called The Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild Inc. His organization bridges the gap between minorities and educational/economic opportunities within this $8.6B industry.
Larry ForesterLarry is native of South Carolina and is a Pikeville College Graduate. His banking career started with completing a management trainee program through a large Kentucky community bank. From there he was able to take advantage of opportunities that allowed him to move up in his banking career. He is a graduate of the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking, and serves on the following committees and boards: Chair Lexington Fayette County Planning Commission, Executive Board member Minority Business Affairs for the Commerce Lexington, Treasurer of Lexington Community Land Trust Board, University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information board, and University of Pikeville Board of Trustee. Outside of working Larry enjoys coaching sports with his two young boys Levi and Landon.
Houston HallWhen Houston first entered into banking, about 20 years ago, one of his mentors told him “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. At the time, Houston says that sounded pretty good to him since he didn’t know much, but what he did know was his focus on helping others so he adopted that motto. Now even today, as he knows a bit more, that motto still holds true! His clients know he cares and they also know he's available to them 24/7. So even when he's riding his bike, hitting the links, or having fun at Keeneland, his clients know they can get hold of him and count on him looking out for their best interest!
Craig HouchensCraig has been a part of the Grant County community for more than 50 years and has served on various community and civil boards over the 30 years with Forcht Bank. He enjoys spending time in the Grant County communities, local schools and active in recreational and school youth sports. Mr. Houchens is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and a 1997 graduate at Louisiana State University Masters in Banking. He resides on Dry Ridge, Kentucky with his wife and twin boys.
Neal WhiteWhen Neal first got into banking, nearly 25 years ago, he quickly learned that banking is a relationship business. It’s a personal business and it’s all personal relationships, if you’re lucky enough to tie one to the other. That still holds true today as he has been fortunate enough to build so many throughout his career. His clients know that he cares about their business and is available for them 24/7. So even when he’s hitting the links, coaching youth sports, or enjoying a good Kentucky bourbon, his clients know he will be there for them.
Brian VeithA Cincinnati native with an expertise in commercial lending, Brian takes pride in helping his clients achieve their goals. Particularly, Brian enjoys building close client relationships by anticipating client needs and working with them to chart out a plan for success. Brian also knows that in order to achieve success, it takes a team effort … he learned this growing up in a large family and playing sports. This teamwork mentality is also why he is actively involved in many civic pursuits in the region, serving on various non-profit boards.
Greg NiesenGreg has been in banking for 31 years and for 16 of those years he owned and lead a community bank. This experience, along with being a Certified Public Accountant, gives him a unique perspective on how to serve his client base. Greg's goal is to add value to each banking relationship developed and exceed expectations with responsiveness.
Tom NoeWhether working at the bank or coaching football, a strong work ethic, integrity and a passion for success can be seen in Tom's daily routine. Those qualities are a direct result of his desire to help others. Tom believes job satisfaction comes from helping a young family purchase their first home or from helping a young athlete improve both on and off the field. Since 1974 he has been a fan of Alabama - Roll Tide!
Jacob PowersOne of Jacob’s favorite quotes is “The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” –Malcolm Gladwell. Taking this quote to heart Jacob strives to not only get to know your business, but to truly understand it and tailor solutions uniquely suited for your business's needs. When Jacob is not assisting our local business owners you can find him hiking Red River Gorge with his family, attempting to golf, or playing cards with his friends.