Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Local branch manager leads First Bank’s new location


First Bank announced today that their newly relocated West Chester Branch will be managed by current branch manager and Chester County resident Jessica DiRocco.

DiRocco, who was born and raised in Chester County, has been a core team member of First Bank’s West Chester location since the community bank entered the market in 2018. On March 6, she will open the new, street-level West Chester location at 849 Paoli Pike. The new location will be a full-service branch that provides the benefits of a community bank, including a night drop, ATM, lot parking and a drive-thru for added convenienc­e for retirees, families, small businesses, real estate investors and entreprene­urs. Additional­ly, the branch will be running special promotions on consumer and business accounts.

“We are happy to continue to provide relationsh­ip-based, personal banking to West Chester in our new and improved office space,” said First Bank President and CEO Patrick L. Ryan. “We think that having a more accessible building will enable us to better serve our customers and communitie­s. Additional­ly, our team members, beginning with Jessica, know the area because they live here. That’s how personal bankers deliver community banking.”

Since opening in 2018, First Bank’s West Chester office has given back more than $180,000 to the community it serves. According to First Bank Regional President Joe Calabro, who lives in West Chester, the community bank has helped several area organizati­ons, such as West Chester Food Pantry, Chester County Community Foundation, West Chester University Foundation and Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.

First Bank is also committed to supporting Main Street. When the business community needed help the most during the pandemic, First Bank helped provide nearly 2,000 small businesses with critical Paycheck Protection Program relief, totaling about $300 million to save jobs on Main Street.

First Bank continues to expand services to support entreprene­urs. The community bank has added resources for private equity groups and their portfolio companies to cover the full life cycle. More recently, the bank has introduced a new specialty financing group that offers asset-based lending, which helps business owners and entreprene­urs turn illiquid assets into more capital.

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