December 12, 2017 (Indianapolis, Ind.) – Oak Street Funding® (, a First Financial Bank company, expands its lending platform to insurance carriers, including Property & Casualty (“P&C”), Life & Health and Fronting subsequently broadening its reach with Risk Retention Groups and Captives.

With this expansion, senior secured loans can be used by carriers to fuel growth either through M&A activities, contributed capital and surplus or for general working capital purposes.

“Over the past 14 years, Oak Street has developed a strong market position primarily in the insurance distribution space with a combination of industry expertise, nationwide presence, broad loan offerings and a proprietary technology platform,” explained Rick Dennen, President and CEO of Oak Street Funding. “By expanding into the carrier space, we have the unique opportunity to provide cash flow-based loans across the spectrum from agent to carrier.”

Adds Brad Kronland, Vice President – Strategic Markets, “Increasing our product offering to carriers allows us to recognize our full potential as a lender and optimize our team’s insurance lending expertise.”

Oak Street Funding is an expert in specialty financing fulfilling the unique capital needs for cash flow-based financial services industries while providing extraordinary service to their borrowers.

About Oak Street Funding

Indianapolis-based Oak Street Funding (, a First Financial Bank company, provides commercial financing for financial service businesses, restaurant franchises through the First Franchise Capital ( brand and third-party loan servicing for financial institutions. Oak Street Funding and First Franchise Capital utilize industry knowledge, proprietary technology and passion to deliver top-quality service and capital products to finance services professionals and franchise owners nationwide.