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First Financial Northwest, Inc. Announces Appointment of Randy Riffle As Executive Vice President And Chief Credit Officer of First Financial Northwest Bank

RENTON, Wash., Dec. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ GS: FFNW), the holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the “Bank”) today announced that Randy Riffle has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Bank effective December 31, 2018.

“I am extremely pleased that Randy is joining First Financial Northwest Bank to oversee the Bank’s credit policies, procedures and processes, as well as lead our efforts to expand our C&I portfolio in support of the Bank’s growth and loan portfolio diversification goals, including expanding our customer base,” said Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank. “A banking professional of Randy’s experience and qualifications is an important addition to our leadership team as we continue to execute on our growth strategies, including growing our branch footprint and expanding our product lines as we head into 2019,” Kiley concluded.

Randy joins the Bank with extensive experience as a commercial credit executive with KeyBank, where he was most recently leader of the West Credit Campus that covers the western states for commercial banking and nationally for its Agribusiness and was a member of the Key Bank’s Pacific Region Executive Team. His 20‑plus years of industry experience include sales and credit roles with increasing responsibility with KeyBank, including business banking market executive for Washington State. Randy holds a degree in business management from the University of Northern Iowa and a graduate degree in banking from the Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS), where he continues to serve as Vice Chair of the PCBS LLC Board. Randy’s community service has included terms serving the Washington Bankers Association (Director), the United Way of King County (fundraising), and Olive Crest (Trustee). He has additionally attained certification from the Lean Six Sigma Institute.

First Financial Northwest, Inc. is the parent company of First Financial Northwest Bank, an FDIC insured Washington State-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Renton, Washington, serving the Puget Sound Region through 10 full-service banking offices. We are a part of the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index and the Russell 2000 Index. For additional information about us, please visit our website at ffnwb.com and click on the “Investor Relations” link at the bottom of the page.

Forward Looking Statements:

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For more information, contact:
Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rich Jacobson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(425) 255-4400