Rode Owen promoted at FFB Merkel, Trent

SWEETWATER, Texas — First Financial Bank, N.A., Sweetwater announced the promotion of Rode Owen to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for First Financial Bank in Merkel and Trent. He replaces Vice President Eddie Mitchell who recently retired from First Financial Bank after eight and a half years of service.“We congratulate Rode on his promotion and know that he will be a great asset to our Merkel and Trent communities,” said Kirby N. Andrews, President and CEO. “We wish Eddie a very rich and rewarding retirement and appreciate his outstanding contributions and dedication to our bank through these years.”Rode Owen grew up in Stamford, Texas, and has extensive knowledge of farming, ranching and the banking business. He is a 2009 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and attended the Texas Bankers Association Lending School in Austin. He has been employed at the Merkel Branch since August 2009. Since joining the Bank, he has been trained as a personal banker and teller and has been a loan review analyst at First Financial Bankshares, Inc., the parent company of First Financial Bank, N.A., Sweetwater. He is a member of the Merkel Lions Club and was recently named to the Merkel Economic Development Commission.Rode and his wife, Laura, are residents of Merkel. When he is not working at the Bank, he enjoys playing and singing music with their local group, “Texas Crude." Laura is a senior student at Hardin-Simmons University and will complete her student teaching this fall.First Financial Bank, N.A., Sweetwater operates offices in Sweetwater, Merkel, Roby and Trent. It is a subsidiary of First Financial Bankshares, Inc., a financial holding company that operates 11 separately chartered banks with 52 locations in Texas. The other bank subsidiaries are First Financial Bank, N.A., Abilene, Albany, Clyde, Moran and Odessa; First Financial Bank, N.A., Cleburne, Burleson, Alvarado, Midlothian and Crowley; First Financial Bank, N.A., Eastland, Ranger and Rising Star; First Financial Bank, Hereford; First Financial Bank, Huntsville; First Financial Bank, N.A., Mineral Wells; First Financial Bank, N.A., San Angelo; First Financial Bank, N.A., Southlake, Trophy Club, Keller, Bridgeport, Boyd and Decatur; First Financial Bank, N.A., Stephenville, Granbury, Glen Rose and Acton; First Financial Bank, N.A., Weatherford, Willow Park, Aledo, Brock and Fort Worth. The Company also operates First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, N.A., with seven locations and First Technology Services, Inc., a technology operating company.First Financial Bankshares is listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol FFIN. For more information about First Financial Bankshares, please visit our website at