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Columbus First Bank prides itself on providing a level of personal service unmatched in the business banking community – a commitment made possible by the quality of our staff from the chief executive on down through our branch and support personnel.

Many of our team members have been with the bank since its inception in 2007 and continue to play the critical role in our ability to grow without sacrificing the attention we give to each and every customer.

  • Seasoned professionals
  • Invested in the Columbus community
  • Long tenure in banking industry
  • Committed to personal service
  • Central Ohio residents

Business-minded People Driven to Get You What You Need

meet-team-btnEvery member of the Columbus First team is dedicated to providing our clients the best level of service in the banking industry. Most Columbus First employees live in the Central Ohio area and are active members of their communities.


Rhett Huddle, CEO

Before founding Columbus First, Rhett was an executive officer with Prospect Bank from 2001 to 2004, and was elected a director in 2003. In 1990, he was one of four principal officers to organize Commerce National Bank, a national bank headquartered in Columbus, where he was an executive officer and later a director until 2000.

He began his successful career practicing law in Columbus with Baker & Hostetler (as well as a predecessor firm) representing clients in the areas of corporate law, real estate and banking. He and his wife reside in Dublin, Ohio.

John Smiley, President

John Smiley is one of the co-founders of Columbus First Bank. He has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry, specializing in commercial real estate and medical/dental lending. His career began as a loan officer with State Savings Bank, where he worked for 11 years. He went on to work at Commerce National Bank as a loan officer and was one of the original employees of Prospect Bank, which was later sold to Sky Bank.

John is a graduate of Bishop Watterson High School and The Ohio State University, and currently resides in Dublin.

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