Press Release

Kleer Named Leader in Banking Excellence

Written by: Susan Richwine  |  

[From the IBA press release]

Kleer-GarryGarry D. Kleer, chairman, president and CEO of First Bank Richmond and Richmond Mutual Bancorporation, was honored by the Indiana Bankers Association with the IBA Leaders in Banking Excellence award on Aug. 5 at a special ceremony in Indianapolis. This award celebrates exceptional leaders who have positively impacted Indiana banks and communities. Four other members of the Indiana banking community were inducted into the class of 2022 leaders.

At the awards event, Indiana dignitaries made presentations and award recipients had the opportunity to offer comments. Each honoree was presented with an ebony plaque etched with a portrait and biography. Identical crystal plaques will be on permanent display at the IBA offices in Indianapolis.

The Leaders in Banking Excellence awards are the Association’s highest honor. For more information about the awards, visit

Biography: Garry D. Kleer is chairman, president and CEO of First Bank Richmond and Richmond Mutual Bancorporation. He joined the bank in 1994 and was promoted to president and CEO in 2001. Kleer’s community leadership includes service with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Reid Health Foundation, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Wayne County Foundation. He has been recognized with the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Richmond/Wayne County Distinguished Community Leader, Boys & Girls Clubs Man and Youth Award, Indiana University East Chancellor’s Medallion, and the IU Bicentennial Medal. Kleer is 2022 chairman of the Indiana Bankers Association and a member of the Large Community Bank Council of the Independent Community Bankers of America. He is a graduate of Indiana University, the Graduate School of Commercial Lending and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and he is a member of the IBA 40 Year Club.

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First Bank Richmond is committed to be an integral partner to the communities in which they serve. Since 1887, not only have they provided their community with sound financial products and services, they have also fostered a philanthropic commitment that has made a significant impact through the dedication of their organization’s resources, talents and time. This commitment is facilitated through the following channels:

  • Financial support pledged through contributions and event sponsorships. In 2019, they proudly donated more than $400,000 to local not-for-profit organizations.

  • Board/employee leadership and participation with local not-for-profit organizations. 65% of their staff served on a board or a committee and collectively volunteered over 3,000 service hours to local not-for-profit organizations.

  • Donations (in-kind) and fundraising efforts to promote local initiatives.

First Bank Richmond is an Indiana state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Richmond, Indiana. The bank was originally established in 1887 as an Indiana state-chartered mutual savings and loan association. First Bank Richmond provides full banking services to individuals and businesses through its eight branches located in Indiana and five branches and one loan production office in Ohio. The Ohio offices currently operate as Mutual Federal, a division of First Bank Richmond.

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