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Three Veteran Lenders Join Century National Bank

August 27, 2014

COSHOCTON, Ohio – Rebecca R. Porteus, Vice President at Century National Bank, is proud to announce the addition of three seasoned lenders to the Coshocton and Tuscarawas county markets. Robert W. Bigrigg will join the Bank as a Northern Division Vice President Commercial Lender, Jennifer L. Thompson will serve as a Retail Lending Assistant Vice President and Martin L. Merryman will join as a Commercial Lending Assistant Vice President.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Bob, Jennie and Marty,” said Beccy Porteus. “All three are experienced lenders, who have built solid careers by focusing on building relationships and taking care of their customers. Bob, Jennie and Marty are an excellent fit for Century National Bank. We are looking forward to continuing our commitment as a strong community bank in the Coshocton and Tuscarawas County markets.”

As part of the Coshocton County team, the offices of Bigrigg and Thompson will be located at Century’s Coshocton Banking Center in the Downtowner Plaza. Merryman’s office will be located at Century’s Newcomerstown Banking Center on East State Street, as he continues serving the Tuscarawas County area.

“Century’s Leadership Team is extremely pleased that Bob, Jennie and Marty have agreed to join the Century National Bank team,” said Patrick Nash, Century National Bank President & CEO. “We are dedicated to providing our customers with great products and exceptional customer service. These individuals will add to the strength of our commitment in the Coshocton and Tuscarawas County areas.”

Robert W. Bigrigg brings over 34 years of banking experience with him to Century National Bank. He has served in several key leadership roles and is experienced in all areas of lending.

Bigrigg is a graduate of Muskingum University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Civically, he is very involved in the community. Bigrigg is a member of the Board of Directors for the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC and the Junior Achievement of Northeastern Ohio, Treasurer of the Coshocton County Sportsmen Association, Chairman of the Coshocton County Kids Fishing Derby, and Past President of the American Cancer Society. He has also coached baseball locally for several years and is a member of the Warsaw Presbyterian Church.

Bigrigg and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Coshocton. They have four children, and three grandchildren. Jennifer L. Thompson has worked in banking in Coshocton County for 42 years. She has served in the capacity of Head of Mortgage Lending and originated all types of loans.

Thompson graduated from the Ohio School of Banking and is very active within the Coshocton community. Having served on many boards and committees throughout her career, Thompson currently serves on the Board of the Coshocton County United Way, is a member of Trirosis, and is a Past Board Member for Coshocton County Habitat for Humanity Thompson and her husband, Tom, recently relocated to the Hanover area after having lived in Coshocton County for over 50 years. They have two adult children, and four granddaughters.

Martin L. Merryman began his banking career 32 years ago. He has worked in community banking serving in various lending positions in New Philadelphia area.

Merryman received his bachelor’s degree in business administration/finance from Mount Union College. Throughout his banking career, he has also been very involved in the community. Merryman is currently heavily involved in The United Way of Tuscarawas County by holding the position of Treasurer, being a member of the Board of Trustees and Audit Committee, as well as the Finance Chairman.

Merryman and his wife, Diane, reside in New Philadelphia. They have two children.

About Century National Bank

Century National Bank provides deposit, loan, and trust and investment services for families and businesses. Century has 14 offices across six counties and is one of the 11 Ohio community banks that make up The Park National Corporation (NYSE: PRK). For more information, visit

Media Contact: Brittany Stubbs, 740.455.7241,

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