A Message From President & CEO, Tucker Ballinger

When I joined Forcht Bank in 2011, it was obvious to me how much Forcht Bank valued its customers and communities. I knew this was a special organization that was making a difference in our customers’ lives and the communities we serve.

Our mission statement is to consistently exceed our customers’ expectations. 

Our team of 300+ employees come to work every morning with that goal in mind. We do this in a variety of ways: new technology, personal service, and products and promotions designed to make our customers’ lives easy, simple, faster, and better.

Forcht Bank was founded in 1985 by Terry Forcht on a foundation of solid banking principles – respect for the customer, competitive rates, and service to the community. We maintain those same principles today, and will continue them into the future. We look forward to serving our customers for many years to come.

Tucker Ballinger, President & CEO

tuballinger@forchtbank.com | 859.263.6562

Building a great customer experience does not happen by accident. Here's how our Mission, Vision, and Values combine to bring you a Happier Banking experience!

Our Purpose

Our mission is to consistently exceed the expectations of our customers.

What we Aspire to Be

Our vision is to be a great community bank.

What We Believe In

  • Respect - value every person
  • Integrity - do the right thing
  • Efficiency - do things right
  • Accountability - be responsible for your actions
  • Excellence - get better every day
  • Community - give back to the community
  • Teamwork - work together to accomplish goals

Executive Team

Tucker Ballinger

President & CEO

Fran Fuson

Chief Credit Officer

Justin Badeau

Chief Financial Officer

Chip Clements

EVP, Mortgage & Loan Operations

Michael Noftsger

EVP, Bank Administration

History

The history of Forcht Bank is also the history of Terry E. Forcht, Chairman & CEO of the Forcht Group of Kentucky. A native of Louisville now residing in Corbin, Mr. Forcht became interested in banking working for the Federal Reserve while a student at the University of Louisville in the 1960’s.

In 1972, while practicing law in Corbin, he was appointed to the board of directors at Corbin Deposit Bank and Trust. His interest in banking grew over the years, and in 1985 he and a group of investors opened their first bank, Tri-County National Bank in Corbin, with $1.5 million in assets.

In the years that followed, Mr. Forcht founded or acquired 10 additional community banks:

  • Deposit Bank & Trust, Greensburg
  • Williamsburg National Bank
  • Campbellsville National Bank
  • Laurel National Bank
  • McCreary National Bank
  • (merged with Somerset National in 2004)
  • Somerset National Bank
  • PRP National Bank, Louisville
  • Boone National Bank, Burlington
  • First National Bank of Lexington
  • Eagle Bank of Grant County

On December 31, 2007, the 10 different banks were consolidated under one charter and the names were officially changed to Forcht Bank.

Today, Forcht Bank has 24 banking centers across Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio with 300+ employees, and approximately $1 billion in total assets - making it one of the largest banking groups based in Kentucky. Forcht Bank’s mission is to exceed our customer’s expectations by delivering an easy, simple, faster, and better banking experience.

Forcht Bank has a 5 Star Rating by Bauer Financial,

the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm.

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