Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Bank sees hire as a good catch

Bricking prominent in N.Ky.

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Gary Bricking, one of Northern Kentucky's best-known business and civic leaders, didn't stay retired for long.

        Mr. Bricking, 58, retired last year after 33 years with Cinergy — Union Light Heat & Power Co., where he spent 21 years as the power company's Northern Kentucky manager.

        Now Mr. Bricking has taken a vice president's position with First National Bank of Northern Kentucky, where he will concen trate on developing new business for the Fort Mitchell-based bank.

        “When I left Cinergy I wasn't planning on staying retired,” Mr. Bricking recently said. “I know many of the board members and people at the bank, and we started talking about my coming to work for them.

        “I know and still deal with a lot of businesspeople in the community, and that's who I'm calling on for the bank,” he said.

        First National Bank president and chief executive officer Richard Thomas described Mr. Bricking's hiring as a “real opportunity for the bank.”

        In addition to helping attract business for the bank, Mr. Bricking will work to raise the company's profile through his civic involvement throughout Northern Kentucky, Mr. Thomas said.

        “We were looking for somebody who could help our bank in the community, somebody who was a well-known and very respected figure and who could represent the bank at various functions and with various organizations,” he said.

        “We could not have found any one better than Gary for this job,” Mr. Thomas said.

        Mr. Brickingis a volunteer for a number of area organizations, including: The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; Kiwanis Club of Covington; Kenton County Boys—Girls Club; Covington Business Council; Northern Kentucky United Way & Community Chest; Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee; Tri-County Economic Development Corp; Forward Quest; Northern Kentucky University Foundation; St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation; Brighton Center; YMCA of Greater Cincinnati; Education Alliance of Northern Kentucky; and Boy Scouts of America — Dan Beard Council.


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