A message from CEO Mark Hardwick
We are pleased to announce legal approval for the merger of First Merchants Bank and Level One Bank.
This gives us the green light to start the process of joining our two banking communities together to offer best-in-class service to all customers. I am proud to welcome you all to First Merchants.
Change can bring uncertainty. However, you will continue to visit the same experienced local bankers. The only difference is that they’ll soon be supported by the strength of an award-winning bank.
Together, we will maintain the essential heart of a community bank while offering more robust services in a way that makes us preferred for how we operate. We are helpfully different in “how” we serve
you with your needs being the key priority versus the typical service experience at big “super-regional banks” and national banks. Together, we’re not too small and we’re not too large: we’re just the right size to effectively deliver the services you need in a personal, individually tailored way.
Like Level One, First Merchants believes in uplifting local communities, providing personally effective relationships with customers, and taking care of our neighbors through our service philosophy – “Helping you prosper.” Personal service,
long-term relationships, and community involvement will continue to be the foundations of how we serve you. When you enter your local banking center, you will still be greeted in a very welcoming and attentive way.
Our teams are focused on providing you with a great experience as Level One Bank takes on the First Merchants’ name and branding, keeping you updated on the latest transition news. This process is expected to be completed by the end of August. You will receive more information and communications via postal
mail, website updates, and e-mail as the transition progresses. We encourage you to visit the First Merchants website for the most up-to-date information.
Since 1893, First Merchants has been focused on supporting the dreams and growth of families, businesses, and communities. We look forward to serving you, and we are proud to welcome you to First Merchants. We’re genuinely about helping you prosper.
Chief Executive Officer, First Merchants Corporation