Marine Veteran Joins Leadership and Lending Team at Progressive West Michigan Bank
February 6, 2014
Source: Alyssa Gapske
Job Title: Community Relations Director
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich-First National Bank of Michigan announces the addition of West Michigan native, Michael Keast, as an Assistant Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager to the downtown Grand Rapids bank.
Keast, a United States Marine Corps veteran, served with the first ground troops to invade Iraq in 2003, was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat "V" for valor, and promoted meritoriously to Sergeant. After leaving the Marine Corps, Keast returned to West Michigan where he started his banking career and obtained his Bachelor's Degree in finance from Grand Valley State University.
Keast has worked his way up the corporate ladder over the past 10 years, starting as a customer service representative and developing into a commercial relationship manager who focuses primarily on commercial and industrial (C&I) business. During his career, Keast demonstrates clear communication, team work, negotiation and leadership in his work with borrowers, all of which play a vital role in guiding business owners through the lending and business development process.
Keast is a director and Vice President of Marketing for the nonprofit Mid-Michigan Banking Group, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), former president of the Ionia County Jaycees, member of the Grand Rapids Young Professionals and regular attendee of the Grand Rapids Economic Club. Keast has spoken at numerous community engagements regarding solutions for business planning, development and banking.
First National Bank of Michigan is a locally-owned bank with locations in Kalamazoo, Portage and Grand Rapids. 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.