Business briefs – January 13

Franklin grad to take over bank as president

A Franklin College alumni and past president of the Franklin Rotary Club is the new president of Mutual Savings Bank.

Dave Coffey will succeed Bob Heuchan as president of the bank.

Coffey, a graduate of Franklin College, began his banking career more than 30 years ago, spending the last 20 years on the bank’s management team. He was most recently the vice-president and chief operating officer.

Prior to working at Mutual, Coffey served as vice president and branch administrator for Home Federal Savings Bank, now Old National Bank, as well as assistant vice president of Union Federal Savings Bank, now Huntington Bank.

He lives in Columbus with his wife, Susan, and is active in The Ridge church in Columbus and the Andy Critzer Memorial Scholarship Committee. He is an active member of the Franklin Elks and active member and past president of the Franklin Rotary Club.

Indy accounting firm names new partner

Rita Wilder has been elected partner at Agresta, Storms and O’Leary PC.

Wilder has worked as a senior associate, manager, assurance services and as a senior manager.

She has a degree in economics from DePauw University.

First Financial bank raises minimum wage

First Financial Bancorp has raised the starting wage for all new and existing hourly associates to $15 an hour.

The bank also made a $3 million contribution to its newly established charitable foundation.

The announcement comes as a result of the recently passed tax legislation, which includes a reduction in corporate tax rates, according to a news release from the bank.

Engineering firm names new director

Theresa Criss-Hartwig has been named the business development director for Commonwealth Engineers.

Criss-Hartwig will oversee and execute business development efforts throughout the state in conjunction with the company’s existing regional business development managers.

She has degrees in government and business administration from Western Kentucky University, and she also is a certified grant administrator.

Indy hospital earns national certification

Franciscan Health Indianapolis has earned a national certification for its neurosciences and orthopedic unit.

The hospital earned the Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Medical-Surgical Nursing by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board. The unit was the first in Indiana to earn the prestigious three-year certification.

The unit was recognized for positive patient outcomes, effective leadership, recruitment and retention of staff, evidence based practices, healthy practice environment and lifelong learning for staff members.