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  • First National Bank of Michigan is proud to have the WMU Broncos Bahamas Bowl Trophy in their downtown Kalamazoo lobby today!

    Mar 24, 2016 - We are proud to have the WMU Bahamas Bowl Trophy in our downtown Kalamazoo lobby today. Go Broncos!

  • Henry Ziolkowski joins First National Bank of Michigan as Consumer Loan Underwriter

    Mar 10, 2016 - KALAMAZOO, Mich.--First National Bank of Michigan welcomes Henry Ziolkowski as Consumer Loan Underwriter. “With twenty years of banking experience, Henry Ziolkowski joins the First National Bank of Michigan team with extensive knowledge in consumer lending, loan underwriting and processing,” said Carol Ludlow,…

  • First National Bank of Michigan Announces Staff Promotions

    Feb 24, 2016 - KALAMAZOO, Mich.--First National Bank of Michigan is pleased to announce the recent promotions of Kathleen Reenders to Assistant Branch Manager and Amber Kiel to Personal Banker at our Woodbridge location, 2700 W. Centre Avenue, Portage. “Since joining the bank in 2008, Kathleen Reenders has thrived in the banking…

  • Casey Jager joins First National Bank of Michigan as Assistant Controller

    Feb 5, 2016 - KALAMAZOO, Mich.--First National Bank of Michigan welcomes Casey Jager as Assistant Controller. “We are pleased to announce the addition of Casey Jager. Casey comes to us with over ten years of banking experience in both the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids areas, making him a great contribution to our team,” said…

  • David Kistler joins First National Bank of Michigan as Vice President

    Jan 8, 2016 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--"First National Bank of Michigan welcomes David Kistler as Vice President, Commercial Banker. With more than 25 years of banking experience in the Grand Rapids area, David is another skilled addition to our expert commercial lending team,” said Jefra Groendyk, Market President, Grand Rapids. …

  • Jennifer Nemecek joins First National Bank of Michigan as Vice President

    Dec 15, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS and KALAMAZOO, Mich.??"First National Bank of Michigan welcomes Jennifer Nemecek as Vice President and Treasury Management Officer. As Treasury Management Officer, Jennifer will help customers manage their holdings, with the ultimate goal of managing liquidity and mitigating its operational, financial and…

  • Jennifer Nemecek joins First National Bank of Michigan as Vice President

    Dec 15, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS and KALAMAZOO, Mich.--"First National Bank of Michigan welcomes Jennifer Nemecek as Vice President and Treasury Management Officer. As Treasury Management Officer, Jennifer will help customers manage their holdings, with the ultimate goal of managing liquidity and mitigating its operational, financial and…

  • First National Bank of Michigan Names New President

    Dec 8, 2015 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. - First National Bank of Michigan is pleased to announce the promotion of Daniel Bitzer to President and Senior Lender. Mr. Bitzer joined First National Bank of Michigan in December 2011, after spending over 30 years in the commercial lending business in West Michigan. He successfully led the bank…

  • Small Business Saturday support from First National Bank of Michigan

    Nov 19, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. - First National Bank of Michigan will run a radio spot that supports Small Business Saturday - helping small business do more business. This year Small Business Saturday falls on November 28, the Saturday after Black Friday and before Cyber Monday. The first-ever Small Business Saturday took place…

  • First National Bank of Michigan honored as Best Brightest in Wellness®

    Oct 16, 2015 - Dec 16, 2015 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. - First National Bank of Michigan is pleased to announce recognition as one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness. Winners are evaluated using the WellCompanies assessment, created and administered by Wellco, the nation’s leading wellness systems firm. The award celebrates those companies…

  • Joseph Calvaruso Joins First National Bank of Michigan Board

    Aug 19, 2015 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. - First National Bank of Michigan is pleased to announce Joseph S. Calvaruso as a member of their Board of Directors. Joseph Calvaruso is also the executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Calvaruso was a banker for over 29 years holding…

  • First National Bank of Michigan Names New CFO

    Jul 29, 2015 - KALAMAZOO, Mich. - First National Bank of Michigan is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Morgan to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Morgan joined the bank in 2013 as Controller and became Vice President in 2014. In 2015, he added responsibilities of Treasurer and Secretary for the bank s…

  • Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Announces Photo Exhibition at the August Art Hop

    Jul 29, 2015 - You are invited to the Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (KLF) Photo Exhibition at the August Art Hop KLF Client Advocates presents a photo exhibition in conjunction with the August Art Hop in Kalamazoo. KLF Client Advocates captured photos of the realities of struggling with food security " in times of plenty and times…

  • Mary Early joins First National Bank of Michigan as Director of Marketing

    Jun 17, 2015 - Mary Early joins First National Bank of Michigan as Director of Marketing KALAMAZOO, Mich. "First National Bank of Michigan welcomes Mary Early as Director of Marketing and Community Relations. "We are pleased to welcome Mary to our team. She brings extensive west Michigan experience and knowledge of marketing and…

  • Five Stars for First National Bank of Michigan

    Jun 1, 2015 - KALAMAZOO, Mich.-First National Bank of Michigan is proud to be recognized as a superior 5-Star-rated bank by Bauer Financial, Inc., a national bank rating and research firm. The Bauer Financial rating system is based on analysis of current financial data as supplied by federal banking regulators. A 5-Star rating is…

  • Unsung Heroes at First National Bank of Michigan

    May 7, 2015 - KALAMAZOO, Mich.-At their recent 2015 Impact Celebration, the United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region named First National Bank of Michigan as one of six Unsung Heroes organizations. Mary Jane Baylor, Karen Block and Melody Janetske (l-r) are pictured with the United Way award. The Unsung Heroes Award…

  • Andy Jackson joins as Vice President

    Apr 24, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-First National Bank of Michigan welcomes Andy Jackson as Vice President, Commercial Banker. With more than 15 years of banking experience in West Michigan, Andy is a welcome addition to our experienced commercial lending team," said Jefra Groendyk, Market President, Grand Rapids. "As we…

  • Spotlight: Investments Help Kzoo Biotech Firm Develop Tougher Strains of Corn

    Feb 1, 2015 - First National Bank of Michigan is proud to put the spotlight on our customer, Native Traits LLC. This Kalamazoo-based firm has developed new technology that it says could bring back some favorable cold weather- and drought-resistant qualities to modern corn crops without resorting to genetic engineering. The…

  • Client Spotlight: Farmers Alley Theatre Announces their Holiday Cabaret show

    Nov 13, 2014 - First National Bank of Michigan is proud to put the spotlight on our customer, Farmers Alley Theatre, which recently announced their holiday cabaret show. The following is an informational release from Farmers Alley Theatre: KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Farmers Alley Theatre's popular cabaret series is back with a sizzling…

  • Go Electronic and Win!

    Oct 3, 2014 - Enroll in eStatements or the Mobile Banking app and be entered to win a $100 gift card! The contest is open to all customers and new customers between October 1 through November 30, 2014. Winners will be randomly selected and notified on December 1, 2014. Only one customer can win per category. Enroll now for your…

  • First National Bank of Michigan Lender Promoted to Market President

    Sep 29, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-First National Bank of Michigan is pleased to announce the promotion of Jefra Groendyk to Market President, Grand Rapids. Groendyk joined First National Bank of Michigan in 2012 as Vice President and Commercial Banker. With more than 30 years of banking and sales experience, Groendyk has been a…

  • First National Bank of Michigan a Venue for Grand Rapids Artist

    Sep 4, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich- First National Bank of Michigan will a venue for artist Steven Watters and his piece, "Danny's Pub" at their 141 Ionia N.W. location in Grand Rapids during 2014 ArtPrize. "It began as a fun project using materials you wouldn't normally see together," says Watters. Danny's Pub is an outdoor art…

  • First National Bank of Michigan, taking the financial challenge out of business

    Aug 26, 2014 - First National Bank of Michigan has been featured in the 49503 special publication in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Business Journal. The article highlights First National Bank of Michigan client, Coit Avenue Gravel. The following is an excerpt from the 49503 article. Read the entire article by clicking on the…

  • Client Spotlight: 616 Lofts on Prospect Ribbon Cutting

    Jun 19, 2014 - First National Bank of Michigan is proud to put the spotlight on our customer, 616 Development, who is celebrating the ribbon cutting of their new 616 Lofts on Prospect project The following is an excerpt from an Mlive article. Read the entire Mlive article by clicking on the headline below. See the trendy loft…

  • Client Spotlight: Farmers Alley Theatre Announces 'Scintillating' Seventh Season

    May 21, 2014 - First National Bank of Michigan is proud to put the spotlight on our customer, Farmers Alley Theatre, which recently announced some exciting shows for its seventh season. The following is an excerpt from an Mlive article. Read the entire Mlive article by clicking on the headline below. 'Glass Menagerie,' 'The…

  • The Right Place Names First National Bank of Michigan Investor of the Month

    May 14, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich-First National Bank of Michigan has been named the May 2014 Investor of the Month by The Right Place, a West Michigan organization that provides support and resources for local businesses. First National Bank of Michigan has been an investor in The Right Place since the bank's Grand Rapids opening…

  • Client Spotlight: Restaurateur Mike Leeuw

    May 13, 2014 - First National Bank of Michigan is proud to put the spotlight on our customer, EMA Enterprises and its owner Mike Leeuw who was recently recognized for his work mentoring young people in the community. The following is an excerpt from an Mlive article. Read the entire Mlive article by clicking on the headline below. …

  • Client Spotlight: Arcadia Ales Grand Opening

    May 8, 2014 - First National Bank of Michigan is proud to put the spotlight on our customer, Arcadia Ales, who celebrated its grand opening in Kalamazoo on May 8. The following is an excerpt from an Mlive article. Read the entire Mlive article by clicking on the headline below. Arcadia Ales grand opening in Kalamazoo: Owner Tim…

  • Marine Veteran Joins Leadership and Lending Team at Progressive West Michigan Bank

    Feb 6, 2014 - 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…

  • First National Bank of Michigan Hosts Local Artist for Art Prize Competition

    Sep 20, 2013 - GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan-First National Bank of Michigan, a locally owned bank in west Michigan, will be joining Art Prize this year in downtown Grand Rapids by hosting local artist Ryan Groendyk, the son of First National Bank of Michigan vice president and commercial lender, Jefra Groendyk. Groendyk, who has a Master…

  • First National Bank of Michigan Continues to Demonstrate Commitment to the West Michigan Business Community

    Aug 8, 2013 - GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan-First National Bank of Michigan is one of the few local banks in West Michigan, and the only local bank in Southwest Michigan, with capital investment in the newly formed Grow Michigan, LLC fund. Grow Michigan, LLC provides attractively priced growth capital in the form of mezzanine debt to…

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