First Federal Bank announces New Equipment Finance Business Line


First Federal Bank announced the initiation of a Corporate Equipment Financing line of business, as the most recent addition to the Capital Solutions division. An elite team has been engaged to specialize in multimillion dollar equipment financing. First Federal Bank’s expanded offering will support customers in our community banking markets as well as nationwide. Customers will now have access to equipment financing solutions across a broad range of industries and collateral types; this is in addition to the extensive commercial lending options including SBA and USDA loans, structured real estate transactions, and other specialized lending solutions.

The new team will be led by industry veteran, William (Bill) Badgio. With over 30 years of experience, Bill has most recently been responsible for all originations and portfolio management of an Equipment Finance unit. His experience and financial acumen facilitate bringing First Federal Bank together with other capital providers including banks, captive finance organizations, independent leasing companies, as well corporations within the Bank’s geographic footprint, to provide financing solutions for essential use equipment. “I am very excited to join the First Federal Bank team as we look to bring our expertise to help support the vast capital expenditure requirements within the equipment finance industry.”

John Medina, President and CEO, First Federal Bank

John Medina, President and CEO, welcomes the new team. He shares “Our mission is to remain a financially stable institution providing Capital Solutions to existing customers and new corporate clients. This addition to our commercial lending emphasizes our commitment to our customers and developing unique solutions to meet all their needs. We look forward to serving the Equipment Finance customers with FFB’s personalized and friendly service.”

Robert Tuberville, EVP & Chief Lending Officer

As a community-based mutual institution headquartered in Lake City, FL, the bank is owned by its customers rather than stockholders, and has 25 branches in the Southeast and operations in the Midwest. “Offering Equipment Finance to new and existing First Federal Bank clients benefits the customers and continues the portfolio diversification that is paramount to our stability,” says Robert Tuberville, Chief Lending Officer.


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