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Cindy Kole joins First National Bank of Michigan as Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President

February 13, 2017

Source: Deb Lang
Job Title: Marketing Director
Phone: 269.488.8856

KALAMAZOO, MI-First National Bank of Michigan announced that Cindy Kole , a proven financial services leader, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President. As COO, Kole will lead a number of core functions critical to the continued growth of First National Bank of Michigan, including marketing, human resources, treasury management and deposit operations.

Cindy Kole

Kole brings with her more than three decades of experience in banking, wealth management, public affairs and corporate sales development. After a long and successful career with PNC Bank and its predecessors (First National, First of America and National City), Kole most recently served as Director of Advancement at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

“Cindy has the depth of experience in community banking to lead us forward,” said Dan Bitzer, President and CEO. “Her experience as a bank executive and her active involvement in the communities we serve will be invaluable to us. She’s been ingrained in financial services for nearly her entire career, and her unique insights and experience will provide leadership and focus in a range of strategic functions and initiatives designed to accelerate our commitment to the communities in which we live and work.”

“I am honored to join First National Bank of Michigan, a bank that epitomizes the importance of
community banking in West Michigan. I look forward to working with the entire team here,” Kole added.

Outside of her banking career, Kole remains actively engaged in the community. Currently, she serves as President of the Board for The Gilmore and is a board member of the YMCA. Kole has also previously served on the following boards: the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; the Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo United Way, where she was Kalamazoo Campaign Chair for two years; Communities in Schools;
National Athena; the Salvation Army; American Cancer Society; the Park Club; and the Vicksburg
Community Schools Foundation. Kole served as a mentor for Southwest Michigan First’s First Fifty program, with Ministry with Community capital campaign, and is active with the American Heart Association. In 2016, she received the YWCA’s Woman of Achievement Award. Inforum also selected her as one of the10 most admired and accomplished women in Southwest Michigan in 2015.

About First National Bank of Michigan: First National Bank of Michigan is a locally owned bank with locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Portage. Deposits stay in these west Michigan communities to fund loans, and decisions are made locally by experienced bankers committed to helping individuals and businesses grow and prosper.

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