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First National Community Bancorp, Inc. Adds Two Independent Directors to the Company's Board


DUNMORE, Pa., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- First National Community Bancorp, Inc., (OTCQB: FNCB), the parent company of Dunmore-based First National Community Bank, today announced the election of two Northeastern Pennsylvania businessmen to the Corporation's Board of Directors. Mr. William G. Bracey was elected to the Company and Bank Boards on May 12, 2014, and Mr. Keith W. Eckel was elected to the Company and Bank Boards on September 24, 2014.    

"Bill Bracey and Keith Eckel are strong additions to the Boards of our Company and Bank, as both bring decades of experience running significant and successful business enterprises within our service area," said Dominick L. DeNaples, Chairman of the Board. "Bill Bracey brings to the Boards more than 40 years of entrepreneurial and corporate management experience, a strong network of community relationships and partnerships and significant knowledge of the retail business climate in the region. Keith Eckel is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of agribusiness and has served as Chairman of the Board for a Fortune 100 insurance provider. We believe that both of these gentlemen are highly qualified additions to the Board, further strengthen its oversight capabilities and will contribute important perspective as the Company and Bank continue to grow."   

William G. Bracey

Mr. Bracey owns and operates two ShopRite supermarkets, one in Daleville, Pennsylvania and one in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, as well as several other retail businesses including Ace Hardware, NAPA Auto Parts, and Hallmark Gold Crown Stores.  He is a current board member and past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants, a past board member and Chairman of Affiliated Foods, and a past board member and Co-Chairman of Associated Wholesale. He is also a current board member of Johnson College, and past board member of Scranton Preparatory School.  He attended Keystone College. Mr. Bracey serves as a member of the Company's Audit, Compensation, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committees as well as the Bank's Compliance Committee. 

Keith W. Eckel

Mr. Eckel is a Partner in Fred W. Eckel Sons and serves as President of Eckel Farms Inc. He is a past Chairman and member of the Board of Allied Group Inc., a subsidiary of Nationwide Mutual, and is a past Board Chairman of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Eckel previously served on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, which advises the U.S. Agency for International Development on agricultural priorities and issues.  He is the former President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

Mr. Eckel was also a member of the Board of Directors of Gartmore Global Asset Management Trust, and he is a trustee of Pennsylvania State University. He attended Keystone Junior College, Dickinson College and Penn State University. Mr. Eckel will serve as a member of the Company's Audit, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committees as well as the Bank's Compliance and Director Loan Committees.

About First National Community Bank:

First National Community Bancorp, Inc. is the bank holding company of First National Community Bank, which provides personal, small business and commercial banking services to individuals and businesses throughout Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wayne Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The institution was established as a National Banking Association in 1910 as The First National Bank of Dunmore, and has been operating under its current name since 1988. For more information about FNCB, visit


James M. Bone, Jr., CPA
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
First National Community Bank
(570) 348-6419 

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SOURCE First National Community Bancorp, Inc.

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