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
[email protected] | 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 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
our leadership driving the happier banking experience
President & CEO
President & CEOA graduate of Georgetown College, Ballinger has lead Forcht Bank since December 2011. With his 20+ years of banking experience he has found new ways to add value for Forcht Bank customers through new products, great service, and helping deliver new technology.
Chief Credit Officer
Chief Credit OfficerA graduate of the Unviersity of the Cumberlands, Fuson has been helping serve Forcht Bank customers for the last 26 years. Overseeing the credit portfolio of the bank, she ensures the bank maintains fair and stable lending policies.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial OfficerSince 2002, Badeau has been a member of the accounting and finance team at Forcht Bank. Not only a graduate of Murray State University, he served in the US Army National Guard for eight years.
EVP, Mortgage & Loan Operations
EVP, Mortgage & Loan OperationsCarl "Chip" Clements has been in the financial services and loan operations industry since 1998. He currently manages the mortgage and loan operations department. Clements attended Bellarmine University for undergrad, and received his MBA from Madison University.
EVP, Bank Administration
EVP, Bank AdministrationMichael has been a trusted adviser to business clients and individuals during his 20 years of banking experience including roles in: retail banking, commercial lending, operations, and credit. Noftsger is a proud graduate of Georgetown College and currently the president of the Somerset Pulaski Rotary Club.
THE EARLY YEARS OF COMMUNITY BANKING
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.
WHat soon followed
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
One bank, ONe goal
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 26 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.