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First Federal Lakewood Hosts Food Truck Festival to Support Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Participants receive a free food storage container and $10 to a food truck when they open any checking account.

New Guide from First Federal Lakewood Helps Navigate the Homebuying Process

First Federal Lakewood offers a free and convenient 15-step guide to help homebuyers make informed decisions

First Federal Lakewood Promotes Video Series to Help Small Businesses Thrive

Local experts an entrepreneurs share their expertise on a range of topics from marketing and insurance to dealing with burnout and cybersecurity issues

First Federal Lakewood Appoints Nora Mahoney and Jason Russell to Board of Directors

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, today announces the appointment of Nora Mahoney and Jason Russell to its board of directors. Mahoney currently serves as Principal at Carleton McKenna & Co., a lower middle market investment banking firm. Russell is the General Manager, Real Estate Development and Management for the Van Aken District, a mixed-use project spread over five acres in the Van Aken neighborhood of Cleveland.

First Federal Lakewood Shows School Spirit

First Federal Lakewood announced today the introduction of their new School Spirit Debit Cards featuring Lakewood and Olmsted Falls designs.

First Federal Lakewood Announces Participation in the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee to Support Youth Financial Education

First Federal Lakewood today announced that it is sponsoring the EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee, taking place April 1-15, 2021.

First Federal Lakewood Debuts New Logo

For 85 years, First Federal Lakewood has put community first. A fresh, new logo is poised to carry the mutual bank into the next 85

First Federal Lakewood Supports Customer and Community Health by Temporarily Limiting Branch Lobby Access

First Federal Lakewood announced today plans to temporarily limit lobby access at most of its branch locations effective Friday, March 20, 2020. Drive thru’s will be open normal business hours. Branch visits may be available by appointment only and by contacting the branch. In addition, we are temporarily closing our in-branch grocery location 1929 East 61st Street and our Gordon Square branch lobby will be open with limited access.

First Federal Lakewood Moves to New Location in Parma

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, today announced the opening of its new branch at 5659 Broadview Rd. As redevelopment continues in the Snow Rd. and Broadview Rd. neighborhood, First Federal Lakewood is excited to reinvest at their new location.

First Federal Lakewood Opens New Office and First Full-Service Branch

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent, depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, announced the opening of its new Columbus office and full-service branch at 6601 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin, OH. As First Federal Lakewood’s first full-service office in Columbus, this location offers a full suite of products and services for customers, including personal and business checking, as well as residential mortgage loans and commercial real estate and business loans for a variety of purposes.

First Federal Lakewood Opens Midtown Cleveland Branch in Dave’s Midtown Market and eatery

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent, depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, expanded its Northeast Ohio footprint to 19 full-service branches by opening its first branch within a grocery store at 1929 E 61st St. Cleveland, Ohio 44103, inside the newly opened Dave’s MidTown Market & eatery.

First Federal Lakewood Simplifies the Entire Mortgage Experience with New SimplyMortgage Digital Application

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, has launched SimplyMortgage, a new digital application that provides a faster, easier mortgage experience.

First Federal Lakewood’s Efforts to Help Furloughed Workers

The community we serve is important to us, and we are committed to our community and our customers under every circumstance. That’s why we want to do our part to help our customers who are experiencing the financial impact of being furloughed during the U.S. government shutdown.

First Federal Lakewood Expands Columbus Market Presence and Expertise with Additions To Leadership Team

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, today announced the appointment of Charles J. Dolezal to its board of directors. Dolezal most recently oversaw Ohio’s banking industry as the superintendent of the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Financial Institutions.

First Federal Lakewood Appoints Charles Dolezal to Board of Directors

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, today announced the appointment of Charles J. Dolezal to its board of directors. Dolezal most recently oversaw Ohio’s banking industry as the superintendent of the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Financial Institutions.

First Federal Lakewood Appoints Timothy E. Phillips as President and CEO

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, today announced the appointment of Timothy E. Phillips as president & CEO. Phillips succeeds Thomas J. Fraser, who will now focus exclusively on his role as CEO of First Mutual Holding Co., the largest member-owned mutual holding company of its kind in the Midwest, with affiliates that include First Federal Lakewood and First Mutual Bank.

First Federal Lakewood Names Anne Bingham New Private Banking Director

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio with assets of $1.7 billion, announces that Anne Bingham has been named Vice President, Director of Private Banking Services.

First Federal Lakewood Names Jeffrey S. Bechtel EVP, Chief Operating Officer

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio with assets of $1.7 billion, today announces the promotion of Jeffrey (Jeff) S. Bechtel from Chief Lending Officer to the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.

First Federal Lakewood Names New Executives in Retail, Commercial & Industrial and Commercial Real Estate Divisions

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio with assets of $1.7 billion, today announces several organizational appointments. Kurt Kappa has joined the bank as Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Richard “Rig” Goss has been promoted to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate and Loan Operations, and Kurt Raicevich assumes the role of Senior Vice President, Retail Banking.

Introducing CardValet® – Control Your Debit Card Anytime and Anywhere

First Federal Lakewood is pleased to introduce CardValet®, a mobile card management application that helps reduce fraud by allowing cardholders to monitor and manage accounts with their smartphone and control how, when, and where their debit card is used.

First Federal Lakewood Moves to New Location in North Ridgeville

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, today announced the opening of its new branch at 33701 Center Ridge Road.

First Federal Lakewood Appoints Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper to Board of Directors

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, today announced the appointment of Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper to its board of directors.

First Federal Lakewood Board Selects New Board Chair

First Federal Lakewood today announced that W. Charles (Chas) Geiger III has been elected board chair. Geiger has served on the First Federal Lakewood board of directors since 1999. He succeeds Ronald W. Dees who served as chair since 2006. Dees continues serving as a board member of First Federal Lakewood and as board chair of First Mutual Holding Co. (FMHC). First Federal Lakewood is an affiliate of FMHC.

First Federal Lakewood Receives Approval From Members and Regulatory Agencies to Form a Mutual Holding Company Structure

First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent mutual bank headquartered in Ohio, announced today that it has received the required approvals from a majority of its members and from regulatory agencies (Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC) to reorganize into a no-stock mutual holding company structure. Over the next several weeks the bank will formally establish First Mutual Holding Co. (FMHC), which is believed to be the first of its kind since the Dodd-Frank Act reformed the financial services indu

First Federal Lakewood to Reorganize Into Mutual Holding Company Structure, Reaffirms Independence

First Federal Lakewood announced today that it intends to reorganize into a mutual holding company structure. This structure is expected to facilitate diversification, including the possible affiliation with smaller mutual banks. The mutual holding company structure will also provide a platform to capitalize on the bank’s financial strength and success, and offer First Federal Lakewood significant long-term operating efficiencies and increased competitiveness.

First Federal Lakewood Board Elects Rebecca Ruppert McMahon as New Board Chair

First Federal Lakewood, the largest mutual bank in Ohio, today announced that Rebecca (Becky) Ruppert McMahon has been elected board chair. A member of the First Federal Lakewood board of directors since 2013, McMahon succeeds W. Charles (Chas) Geiger III who has served as chair since 2016.