PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic First Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRBK), the holding company for Republic Bank, today announced the hiring of John Lavin as the new Vice President of Commercial Lending for South Jersey. His responsibilities include the marketing of Commercial Loan and Cash Management products as Republic Bank continues its expansion in the Southern New Jersey Market. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100707/PH31611LOGO) John was previously with Cornerstone Bank in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, where he served as a Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager in the Middle Market group. John brings over 20 years of lending experience from various financial institutions throughout the region to Republic. John stated, "I am excited to join Republic Bank and be a part of a growth organization. I look forward to delivering first class Customer Service throughout South Jersey as Republic Bank expands its presence in this market." About Republic Bank Republic Bank, a subsidiary of Republic First Bancorp, Inc., is a full-service, state-chartered commercial bank, whose deposits are insured up to the applicable limits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The Bank provides diversified financial products through its thirteen offices located in Abington, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Plymouth Meeting, Media and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Voorhees and Haddonfield, New Jersey. For more information about Republic Bank, visit myrepublicbank.com. Forward Looking Statements The Company may from time to time make written or oral "forward-looking statements", including statements contained in this release and in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. You should carefully review the risk factors described in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and other documents the Company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The words "would be," "could be," "should be," "probability," "risk," "target," "objective," "may," "will," "estimate," "project," "believe," "intend," "anticipate," "plan," "seek," "expect" and similar expressions or variations on such expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All such statements are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company, except as may be required by applicable law or regulations.