At its meetings on December 17, 2019, the Boards of Directors of First Financial Bank and FirstFed Bancorp, Inc., the Bank's holding company, elected Wes Russell as a new member of the boards. Mr. Russell was elected to replace recently deceased Board member, Jimmy Koikos, who was a long-time Director.cherished by all.

William "Wes” Russell, CPA, is a member of Russell & Company, LLC, a public accounting firm located in Bessemer, Alabama. The firm was originally founded by his father, G. Larry Russell, in November 1981. Currently owned and operated by Wes and his wife, Susanne Sublette Russell, CPA, the firm works with small businesses in areas of tax and accounting. Wes has been with Russell & Company, LLC since July 2006. Prior to joining Russell & Company, LLC, he worked for KPMG, LLP from 2000 to 2006 and was a tax manager.

Wes has a broad and varied community service background. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Bessemer Academy. He has served in prior years on the Board of the local YMCA and has served as President and Treasurer of the Bessemer Kiwanis Club. He also assists other local non-profits, including churches and foundations, in various advisory roles.

Wes grew up in the McCalla, Alabama, community and graduated from McAdory High School in 1995. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting (1999) and a Masters of Taxation (2000) from the University of Alabama. He and his wife live in Hoover with their three children where their family is actively involved in the Hoover City Schools System, Hoover Youth Sports, and Riverchase United Methodist Church.

Wes expressed, "It is a privilege to be able to join the Board of Directors of First Financial Bank, a bank with a strong history of making a positive sustained impact on our community. I am deeply committed to working closely with the whole First Financial Bank team and the Board of Directors towards achieving our goal of growing along with our customers through true relationships and new : opportunities for financial security. I look forward to bringing my professional experience to support and serve First Financial Bank and its shareholders.”

On behalf of the entire Board, Chairman B. K. "Skipper" Goodwin Ill stated, “The Board is pleased to have Wes join the Board. He is well known and respected in the communities served by the Bank. His background and experience in finance, accounting, taxes, business administration, and small business operations will certainly add to the talents and reputations of those already existing on the Board. Wes has demonstrated leadership qualities that are desired to be a representative of the Bank. We are excited to have Wes be a part of leading the Bank in meeting challenges of our bright future."