Meet Our Team
Matthew A. Carr
President/CLOLocation: Champaign Downtown Division: Executive Management Team Phone: (217) 398-0067 Get in touch with me
Vice President of First BancTrust Corporation since 2015; and President and Chief Lending Officer of First Bank since January 2017. He served as Executive Vice President from 2015 to 2016 and as Chief Credit Officer from 2010 to 2016. He began his employment at First Bank in May 2008 as Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender. Previous employment experience includes Vice President of Commercial Lending at Busey Bank in Urbana, Illinois. Mr. Carr is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a 2003 graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Master of Business Administration.
COOLocation: Champaign Downtown Division: Executive Management Team Phone: (217) 398-0503 Get in touch with me
Chief Operations Officer of First Bank since 2015; and Senior Vice President of Operations since February 2012. Previously employed as Business Systems Analyst at Midland States Bank from February 2010 to February 2012. Also worked as Commercial Relationship Officer at Midland States Bank from 2009 to 2010 and Vice President at Strategic Capital Bank from 2002 to 2009. Graduated from Illinois State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science, Finance degree.
Jack R. Franklin
Chairman/CEOLocation: Paris Division: Executive Management Team Phone: (217) 465-6381 Get in touch with me
President and Chief Executive Officer of the First BancTrust Corporation since February 2009; and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank since February 2009. He began his employment at First Bank and Trust in 1992 as a loan officer, and advanced to Vice President Operations in 2000. He was President of First Bank of Savoy and First Bank of Rantoul (divisions of First Bank & Trust), from 2003 to 2007. He served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President from September 2007 to February 2009 and as Bank President from February 2009 to December 2016. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1974, with a B.S in Business, and from Vanderbilt University’s Graduate School of Bank Operations and Technology in 2001.
Ellen M. Litteral
SR VP/CFOLocation: Paris Division: Executive Management Team Phone: (217) 465-6381 Get in touch with me
CPA, Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of First BancTrust Corporation since 2001; and Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of First Bank since 2001. She began her employment at First Bank as Controller in 1985 and advanced to Senior Vice President and CFO in 2003. Previous employment included serving as an accountant in the health service industry following several years’ employment in public accounting. Ms. Litteral obtained her BS degree in Accounting from Illinois State University.
John R. Brinkerhoff
SR VP, President Edgar CountyLocation: Paris Division: Executive Management Team Phone: (217) 465-6381 Get in touch with me
Vice President of Commercial/Ag Lending with First Bank & Trust since 2014. Prior to joining First Bank, he was employed with State Bank of Chrisman for 14 years as a loan officer from 2000 to 2010 and as Branch Manager of their Paris facility from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Brinkerhoff studied Finance at Indiana State University from 1996 to 2000.
Nolan J. Longest
Compliance Officer/Legal LiaisonLocation: Paris Division: Executive Management Team Phone: (217) 465-6381 Get in touch with me
Compliance Officer, Legal Liaison and Risk Manager since September of 2011. In October of 2012, he became a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer as accredited by the Independent Community Bankers of America. Nolan is an attorney licensed in Indiana and Illinois. Prior to joining First Bank, he was employed with Anderson Law Offices in Paris, Illinois as an Associate Attorney from 2007 to 2011 and at Freedman & Lacy in Indianapolis, Indiana from 2006 to 2007. He obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law in 2005 and graduated from Indiana State University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Larry W. Strohm
SR VP, President Clark CountyLocation: Marshall Division: Executive Management Team Phone: (217) 826-7300 Get in touch with me
Vice President of First BancTrust Corporation since 2001; and Senior Vice President of First Bank and Clark County Market President since 2004. An employee of the bank since 1983, Mr. Strohm has spent his entire banking career managing the Clark County offices for First Bank and Trust. Previous employment included City Office Manager of Marshall, Illinois. Mr. Strohm graduated from Lake Land College, in Mattoon, Illinois, in 1973 with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting.
Phyllis A. Webster
SVP Champaign County President/Director of Mortgage Lending/Marketing DirectorLocation: Savoy Division: Executive Management Team Phone: (217) 351-3526 Get in touch with me
Vice President of First BancTrust Corporation since 2010; and Senior Vice President of First Bank, President of Champaign County and the Director of Mortgage Lending since July of 2009. She previously served as the Vice President and Manager of Mortgage Lending from June of 1999 to July of 2009. She began her employment with First Bank in July of 1988 in the mortgage department and became a Vice President in 1994. She was previously employed at First National Bank in Chrisman, last serving as the Manager of their Mortgage Banking Division. Ms. Webster is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois. In August of 2012, she completed the three year Graduate School of Banking Program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.