Source: Idaho First Bank

Idaho First Bank Announces New Board Members

MCCALL, ID--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - Today Idaho First Bank (OTCBB: IDFB) announced changes to its Board of Directors. Mark Miller, who has been serving as a member of the Board since 2009, was appointed Chairman by a unanimous vote of the Board. James L. Fletcher who has been serving as the Chairman will continue to be a member of the Board. Mr. Fletcher stated, "It is important to evolve as a board and I believe change is beneficial." Greg Lovell, President and CEO of the Bank thanked Mr. Fletcher, "Jim has provided strong leadership of the board during a difficult economic time, his experience has proven invaluable and we are glad that he will continue to serve."

"Mark Miller has been a strong advocate for the Bank during his tenure with the Board. He grew up in Boise and McCall and understands the local economy," said Mr. Lovell. "He has strong business experience and good ties to the business community of Boise. We welcome his additional participation in directing the affairs of the Board." 

"The Board has provided good leadership to the Bank and I believe that we can continue to build a vibrant bank in our market area," stated Mr. Miller. He continued, "I believe in sound principals of corporate governance and the Board's role in representing the shareholders' interests and adding value to their investment."

The Bank also announced that its Board has approved the appointments of Donald Driscoll, William Rawlings, and Justin Dye to its Board of directors pending regulatory approval.

"We welcome back to our Board a founding director and shareholder of the Bank. Mr. Driscoll has always been a resource to the Bank and its management. His business acumen, gained from many years of running diverse companies, will help as we frame the future growth of the Bank," said Mr. Lovell. 

"In addition," Lovell continued, "Bill Rawlings brings financial expertise gained from his many years as the Chief Financial Officer of one of the largest agriculture companies in Idaho. This expertise will strengthen the Board's role of providing financial oversight responsibilities. He also has been a long-time home owner in McCall and understands its unique economy."

"Justin Dye brings a depth of knowledge in private equity, real estate and general management," said Mr. Lovell. "While relatively new to Idaho, Justin has quickly developed strong ties to the local community, and we are excited to add him to our Board of Directors."

Driscoll has made McCall his home since 1999 after retiring as Chief Financial Officer of Driscoll Strawberry Associates. He continues to be active in real estate development and investments while fully retired from an active role in farming operations.

Rawlings has been a Boise resident since 1966. He retired in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer for Agri Beef Co. He continues to be active in livestock production and remains on the board of Agri Beef Co. He has served on various previous boards including: MWI Veterinary Supply Co., General Fire & Casualty Co., and Crane Creek Country Club.

Dye moved to Boise in 2006. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Albertsons, LLC. Prior work experience includes positions at Cerberus Capital Management in New York, General Electric, and Arthur Anderson Business Consulting.

The Bank also announced the resignation of founding director and former chairman, Terry L. Robinson. Mr. Lovell said, "Terry has taken a new position as CEO and President of Bank of Manhattan. We have appreciated Terry's help and insights. We will miss him but know we are able to rely upon him as needed." He remains a shareholder of the Bank.

Mr. Lovell closed by stating, "The Bank and its Board are committed to continual improvement in the corporate oversight and policy setting function of the Board. We believe these changes will continue to build upon a strong foundation that has been established since our inception."

Idaho First Bank is the only locally chartered and headquartered bank in McCall, Idaho. Founded in 2005 it operates a full-service community focused bank in McCall and a loan production office in Boise, Idaho.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("PSLRA"). Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic conditions, the regulatory environment, loan concentrations, vendors, employees, technology, competition, and interest rates. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Idaho First Bank has no obligation to publicly update the forward-looking statements after the date of this release. This statement is included for the express purpose of invoking PSLRA's safe harbor provisions.

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Greg Lovell
Don Madsen