Mark Hardwick

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, First Merchants Corporation

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Mark K. Hardwick is the executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer of First Merchants Corporation, a $9.5 billion financial holding company, headquartered in Muncie, that operates in Central Indiana and Ohio. 

Mark joined First Merchants in November of 1997 as corporate controller and was promoted to CFO in April of 2002. In June of 2007, Hardwick also assumed all leadership responsibilities related to operations, technology, and risk management for the corporation. In 2016, Mark’s title expanded to include COO, overseeing the leadership responsibilities for finance, operations, technology, risk, legal, and facilities for the corporation. Prior to joining First Merchants Corporation, Mark served as a senior accountant with BKD, LLP in Indianapolis.

Mark is a graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration. He is also a certified public accountant and a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking.

As a leader in the Central Indiana community, Mark serves as a board member of Meridian Health Services, Cardinal Properties, Inc., the Miller College of Business Advisory Board, and Investment Committee of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. Mark is a former president of the Delaware Country Club and board member of Union Chapel United Ministries.

Mark is a member of the Ball State University Athletics Hall of Fame. He was also the recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “CFO of the Year” in 2012.

Mark and his wife, Cathy, live in Yorktown and have two children, Halie and Bryce.