First Bank’s Lawrenceville Branch is located at 590 Lawrence Square Blvd So., situated in a strip mall facing Quakerbridge Road. Opened in 2009, the Lawrenceville branch was First Bank’s initial introduction to Mercer County.
The Township of Lawrence was formed in 1697. It was originally called Maidenhead. The eastern boundary of Maidenhead, the Province Line, was the dividing line between the two original colonies of East and West Jersey. The name was changed to Lawrence on January 24, 1816 in honor of Captain James Lawrence, a naval hero of the War of 1812.
As First Bank’s Branch Manager, Katherine Rowley handles the day-to-day operation of the branch and personnel and assists with Business Development to grow the bank’s customer base. Prior to joining First Bank, Ms. Rowley was the Regional Branch Manager for Yardville National Bank for more than 15 years.
Recorded history of the area dates back to the 1600s, when it was a sojourn between Philadelphia and New York called Queenstown. As lodging could be had in one of the town taverns for pennies, the town name was changed to Penny Town in the early 1700s. Not much of a leap, by the middle of the 18th century, it settled into its current name of Pennington. Together with Hopewell Borough and Hopewell Township, the greater Hopewell Valley is steeped in history and tradition, including covering part of the trail Washington’s troops traveled on their way to the Battle of Trenton.
The Pennington branch is located just off of Route 31, only a couple of miles from the Route 295 interchange.
As Branch Manager and Business Development Officer, Ruth Powell is responsible for day-to-day branch operations, branch personnel and development of new business in the Pennington and Hopewell communities.
Mrs. Powell brings over 23 years of experience to the First Bank team. She has been a Branch Manager for Hopewell Valley Community Bank and Northfield Bank in Pennington, New Jersey.
Ruth Powell is a member of the Pennington Business and Professional Association.
Terrance leads the bank’s Central Jersey commercial lending team from First Bank’s headquarters in Hamilton, NJ. He brings 16 years of commercial lending experience to First Bank where he specializes in servicing commercial middle market banking clients while providing a range of banking solutions that include a full complement of commercial lending and deposit capabilities. Terrance’s banking philosophy involves a proactive, relationship building to partner with clients for all of their business lending needs. Efficiency, effectiveness and a proactive partnership is at the forefront of the business relationship. Terrance understands the importance and value of what a client seeks in a banking partner while bringing strategic solutions that help company’s gain access to capital to help their businesses grow.
Prior to joining First Bank, Terrance served as Relationship Manager and Vice President at Investors Bank, where he focused on building business Relationships via lending, cash management and other ancillary banking products. Terrance also spent 7 years as a Relationship Manager and Vice President at Santander Bank in the same role at Investors Bank. During Terrance’s time with Investors Bank he was recognized as one of the “Best of the Best” bankers by the bank in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was also a part of Investors Bank “Circle of Excellence” for the one of the Bank’s top lending and deposit producers in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Terrance has been in commercial banking for 16 years, during which he has established himself in many roles from business banker, business development and leadership. Terrance holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a M.B.A in Finance from Rutgers University. He resides in Plumsted Township.