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October 20, 2015 12:29 ET

Salin Bank and Trust Company Announces Appointment of Eric Baird to Community President, Columbus

Baird Will Focus on Growing Bank's Commercial Lending Efforts

COLUMBUS, IN--(Marketwired - October 20, 2015) - Family-owned and Indiana-based Salin Bank and Trust Company today announced that Eric Baird has been named Salin Bank Community President, Columbus.

"Eric is an excellent addition to our team. His enthusiasm and experience will be instrumental in helping us grow our commercial lending efforts in the Columbus market," says Terri Gill, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Manager & Community Banking Market President. "All of us look forward to Eric's insight on the opportunities we can provide for Columbus-area businesses and clients."

"We have waited awhile for just the right candidate," adds James P. Alender, Salin Bank President and CEO. "Columbus is an important market for us, and we are committed to helping our local business clients grow and thrive by putting together the best team to serve them."

Baird brings a wealth of commercial lending and financial experience to Salin Bank, including knowledge in small business, middle market, commercial real estate, and private lending. Previously, he served as Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager for Old National Bank where he worked with small-to medium-sized business owners and real estate developers/operators to grow their businesses.

Before that, Baird was a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for ProAmerica Bank in Los Angeles, California. Among his responsibilities, Baird managed and developed new banking relationships with small-to medium-sized operating companies and non-profits, many of which were Latino owned and with sales ranging from $5 million to $50 million. Baird also has held professional positions at Pacific Western Bank, US Bank, Sanwa Bank/Bank of the West, Salomon Smith Barney, and Bank of America.

"As a commercial lending banking professional, Eric utilizes a consultative approach with his clients, so they can make informed decisions that are tailored to their business goals," notes Gill. "We are truly fortunate to have him lead our Columbus team."

About Salin Bank & Trust Company

Salin Bank & Trust Company is a family-owned Indiana community bank with assets of more than $700 million. Salin Bank operates 20 banking locations in 10 Indiana counties serving Columbus, Delphi, Edinburgh, Fishers, Flora, Fort Wayne, Galveston, Gas City, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Logansport, Marion, and West Lafayette.

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