DENNISON -- Blair Hillyer, president, and Nichole Zesiger, vice president Credit Administration of The First National Bank of Dennison, recently returned from Washington, D.C. where they met with legislators and regulators to discuss how recent banking proposals have impacted Ohio.

Hillyer and Zesiger were two of the many bankers who visited the nation's capital to voice the concerns of the financial services industry on behalf of the Ohio Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association.

During the visit to Washington, Hillyer and Zesiger meet with Congressman Bob Gibbs, Congressman Bill Johnson, and Senator Rob Portman. The big concerns they both shared with the representatives were shareholder limits, the Dodd-Frank bill and the overall regulatory burden and its negative effects on community banks and communities.

"Traditional banking is the engine that will drive our communities across Ohio into a strong economic future," Hillyer commented. "This was our opportunity to influence policy decisions made in Washington and also gather information that can help us meet the challenges we face locally."

More than 1,500 bankers visit Washington annually as part of the Washington Visit Program. The state bankers associations, in conjunction with the ABA, schedule briefings with the federal financial services regulatory agencies and visit the state's congressional delegation to educate them on issues before Congress that will impact the banking industry.

The First National Bank of Dennison is a national bank chartered in 1933, with five offices located in Tuscarawas County and assets of $198-million. The bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FNB, Inc., a holding company that owns The First National Bank of Dennison and a consumer finance company, TuscValley Financial, Inc. at New Philadelphia.