First Merchants Corp., 200 E. Jackson St., Muncie 47305 (www.firstmerchants.com), operates 116 branches in 27 Indiana counties, two Ohio counties and two Illinois counties. In 2015, First Merchants earned $65.4 million, or $1.72 per share. That compares with earnings of $60.2 million, or $1.65 per share, a year earlier. First Merchants shares trade on NASDAQ under the ticker FRME. Information for Proxy Corner is taken from Yahoo Finance and the company’s proxy statement dated March 23, 2016. View full Proxy Corner feature.