Republic Bank Appoints Michael LaPlante as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Republic First Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRBK) (the “Company”), the parent company of Republic First Bank d/b/a Republic Bank (the “Bank”), today has announced the appointment of Michael LaPlante as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, effective January 17, 2023. Mr. LaPlante will be an integral leader on the finance team overseeing the Company’s accounting functions, and will report directly to Chief Financial Officer, Michael Harrington.

Mr. LaPlante has more than 25 years of experience leading financial and regulatory reporting, accounting operations and financial planning and analysis teams (“FP&A”). Prior to joining the Company, Mr. LaPlante served as SVP, Chief Accounting Officer & Corporate Controller at Bryn Mawr Trust, where he led the $20+ billion merger efforts during the transition to WSFS Bank for Accounting, Reporting, FP&A and Treasury functions. Prior to his tenure at Bryn Mawr Trust, Mr. LaPlante held various senior positions at The Bank of Princeton, Deloitte, First National Bank of Chester County and Sun Bancorp.

“I am thrilled to be working with Mike again. He brings significant, diversified financial experience supporting regional banking,” said Michael Harrington, Chief Financial Officer of Republic Bank. “Mike is a proven leader and trusted business partner. His impact on the Bank will be far reaching, going well beyond those areas of direct responsibility. We look forward to working closely with him.”

Mr. LaPlante is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Philadelphia-based Temple University.

About Republic First Bancorp, Inc.

Republic Bank is the operating name for Republic First Bank. Republic First Bank is a full-service, state-chartered commercial bank, whose deposits are insured up to the applicable limits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The Bank provides diversified financial products through its 34 offices located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey; Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and New York County in New York. The Bank also offers a wide range of residential mortgage products through its mortgage division. For more information about Republic Bank, please visit

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