Shining Stars

Congratulations to Our 2022 Shining Stars!

Our Shining Stars have demonstrated consistent excellence in fulfilling our Customer Service First Philosophy. They perform at the highest level, doing so while maintaining positive attitudes and a proactive approach to accomplishing our Mission. The First Financial Shining Stars represent our Company well, honoring our long-standing reputation by acting with unmatched professionalism, a relentless work ethic, and an ongoing desire to build, improve, and refine relationships with both customers and fellow employees.


Angela Batton - Weatherford

  • Job Title: Administrative Secretary III, Consumer Lending
  • Years with First Financial: 7
"What I love about working at First Financial is the people I have the pleasure of working with every single day and the culture we have as a company. We truly are a team and work as one to make sure we have not only a great work life but we service our customers and communities to the best of our abilities. We want the best for one another and support each other to reach our goals."

Arlette Saucedo - Orange

  • Job Title: AVP, Commercial Lending
  • Years with First Financial: 6
"I love the amazing people I get to work with, the opportunities that the bank gives me to be a part of my community, and the culture that we have as a company to customer service."

Brenda Trinidad - Abilene

  • Job Title: VP, Commercial Lender
  • Years with First Financial: 8
"What I love about working at FFB? Where to start. First and foremost, I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me since I joined the Bank. I joined the Bank as a part-time teller while attending Hardin-Simmons University. 8 years later, I am now a Commercial Lender for our Eastland Division. FFB has given me the opportunity to grow within the Company and achieve one of my many goals in becoming a Commercial Lender. Secondly, I absolutely love FFB’s culture and the drive for excellence. Our 21 non-negotiables are a testament to FFB’s commitment to take customer service to the next level."

Diane Cassey - Bank Shared Services

  • Job Title: PQMQC Analyst
  • Years with First Financial: 7
  • Education: College Associates Degree (Rhode Island)
  • Home Town: Warwick, Rhode Island
  • Spouse: Carl Croft
  • Children: One son named Kristofer
"I Love the people I get to work with every day. Everyone here works as a team to help service our internal and external customers.  First Financial always provides opportunities for employees to serve the community in various ways."

Edward Carrasco - San Angelo

  • Job Title: VP, Consumer Lender
  • Years with First Financial: 5
"I love our ability to help our customers and the family environment and leadership in our region. I truly feel like we make banking personal and try to find a way to help our customers rather then just saying no or sorry cant do that. I tell people all the time this is what banking should be."

Estella Clark - Abilene

  • Job Title: Retail Banker
  • Years with First Financial: 6
"I've had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the greatest customers, and I am blessed to work with an amazing team here in Magnolia. I have the freedom to service our customers in a variety of ways, further building our loyal relationships. Not to mention, I'm surrounded by uplifting and inspired individuals who share a common goal: Getting the job done and setting ourselves apart from the competition. We are a family here no doubt and we treat our customers the same. I take great pride knowing I work for the best bank and I'm excited for what the future brings."

Hannah Rimer - Bank Shared Services

  • Job Title: AVP, Retail Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 19
"I love working for First Financial Bank because of our commitment to putting our customer service first."

Jamie Reyes Rodriguez - Cleburne

  • Job Title: VP Mortgage Loan Originator
  • Years with First Financial: 10
“I love the opportunities this company has given me and how they allow me to give back to the community in different ways. I love my Mortgage Team. There is no better on the planet!!

Juanita Villalobos

  • Job Title: SVP, Consumer Loans
  • Years with First Financial: 11
"I love that we are continually striving for excellence in customer service and that we maintain a personal approach for our customers. "

Lauren Schulze - Conroe

  • Job Title: Lending Assistant
  • Years with First Financial: 34
"Working for First Financial Bank has been a wonderful experience. It’s always nice to know that if I need to call Abilene for any reason, every single person treats me wonderfully, like we’ve been friends forever! I feel that First Financial Bank has the best employees to work with and is the best organization to work for!"

Meagan Hernandez - Abilene

  • Job Title: Trust Operations Specialist, Asset Control
  • Years with First Financial: 8
"I love the family atmosphere, there are not a lot of companies that have the compassion for their employees like First Financial. The stability and job growth are particularly my favorite things, each year my journey with First Financial exceeds any expectation I could have had! I look forward to the years to come!"

Melanie Motley - Bryan/ College Station

  • Job Title: AVP, Commercial Lending
  • Years with First Financial: 3
"I love knowing that the opportunities for personal and professional growth are boundless when working at First Financial Bank. Another part I love about working at First Financial is the obvious commitment to having a positive impact on our communities and the bank’s continued emphasis on helping our customers succeed while offering a caring and personal touch. All of this gives me a lot of pride when I say I work for First Financial Bank."

Patricia Patlan - Abilene

  • Job Title: IT Supervisor
  • Years with First Financial: 15
"I love working at First Financial Bank because it has taken care of my family and I since day one. I have got married, had babies and bought our first home because of First Financial Bank. I feel safe and secure with the environment I’m in, like my second home. The professionals I have worked with throughout my career, have taught me so much. I appreciate what this company has done for me each day. And look forward to many more to come."

Rebecca Bartolomeo - Southlake

  • Job Title: VP, SBA Lending
  • Years with First Financial: 5
"I love the people that I have worked with throughout my career. They have all contributed to my success and helped me achieve my goals. Additionally, First Financial is a place of great opportunities if you are willing to put in the work."

Rebecca Porter - Kingwood

  • Job Title: AVP, Branch Operations Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 10
"First Financial not only puts their customers first, but also undoubtedly cares about their employees and their future. First Financial has blessed me with the opportunity to grow into what I have always strived to be, a Business Professional. I am extremely thankful for my customer relationships and the amazing colleagues that I have met along the way, they are the ones that have made my journey worthwhile."

Savanna Newby - Stephenville

  • Job Title: AVP, Branch Operations Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 10
"First Financial not only puts their customers first, but also undoubtedly cares about their employees and their future. First Financial has blessed me with the opportunity to grow into what I have always strived to be, a Business Professional. I am extremely thankful for my customer relationships and the amazing colleagues that I have met along the way, they are the ones that have made my journey worthwhile."

Shavelle Jordan - Bank Shared Services

  • Job Title: AVP, Branch Operations Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 10
"First Financial not only puts their customers first, but also undoubtedly cares about their employees and their future. First Financial has blessed me with the opportunity to grow into what I have always strived to be, a Business Professional. I am extremely thankful for my customer relationships and the amazing colleagues that I have met along the way, they are the ones that have made my journey worthwhile."

Steven Brown - First Technology Services

  • Job Title: AVP, Branch Operations Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 10
"First Financial not only puts their customers first, but also undoubtedly cares about their employees and their future. First Financial has blessed me with the opportunity to grow into what I have always strived to be, a Business Professional. I am extremely thankful for my customer relationships and the amazing colleagues that I have met along the way, they are the ones that have made my journey worthwhile."

Thekla Clemons - First Financial Trust

  • Job Title: AVP, Branch Operations Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 10
"First Financial not only puts their customers first, but also undoubtedly cares about their employees and their future. First Financial has blessed me with the opportunity to grow into what I have always strived to be, a Business Professional. I am extremely thankful for my customer relationships and the amazing colleagues that I have met along the way, they are the ones that have made my journey worthwhile."

Traci Messner - Fort Worth

  • Job Title: AVP, Branch Operations Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 10
"First Financial not only puts their customers first, but also undoubtedly cares about their employees and their future. First Financial has blessed me with the opportunity to grow into what I have always strived to be, a Business Professional. I am extremely thankful for my customer relationships and the amazing colleagues that I have met along the way, they are the ones that have made my journey worthwhile."

Violet Watson - Bank Shared Services

  • Job Title: AVP, Branch Operations Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 10
"First Financial not only puts their customers first, but also undoubtedly cares about their employees and their future. First Financial has blessed me with the opportunity to grow into what I have always strived to be, a Business Professional. I am extremely thankful for my customer relationships and the amazing colleagues that I have met along the way, they are the ones that have made my journey worthwhile."

Vivian Vinson - Bank Shared Services

  • Job Title: AVP, Branch Operations Manager
  • Years with First Financial: 10
"First Financial not only puts their customers first, but also undoubtedly cares about their employees and their future. First Financial has blessed me with the opportunity to grow into what I have always strived to be, a Business Professional. I am extremely thankful for my customer relationships and the amazing colleagues that I have met along the way, they are the ones that have made my journey worthwhile."