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School Supply Drive in West Michigan
Tue, Oct 11, 2011

Firstbank - West Michigan held a school supply drive for Ionia Public Schools prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Between August 8th and September 2nd, the branches in Ionia collected backpacks, notebooks, paper, pencils, markers, calculators, and more to benefit students of Boyce, Emerson, Jefferson, Rather, and Twin Rivers. On September 20th, two representatives of Firstbank delivered the items.



















Sandy Branch, Southside Office Manager, and Debrann Hausserman, Vice President and Main Office Manager, on left, present the supplies for Ionia Public Schools. Among the recipients are Elementary Principals Matt Vogel, Dayna Ellis, Stacey Bovee, Mitch Mercer, and Darin Magley.

Firstbank Float Supports Ionia Homecoming
Tue, Oct 11, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ionia High School cheerleaders and mascot ride the Firstbank float in the Homecoming parade on Friday, October 7th.

West Michigan Fall Decorations
Wed, Oct 5, 2011

During our “Rake in Your Rewards” promotion all of our branches have been enjoying decorating and getting into the season! Our West Michigan locations showcase some of the beautiful colors of autumn.

West Michigan Food Drive
Wed, Oct 5, 2011

In 2010, Firstbank-West Michigan participated in a food drive to support local organizations. Through generous contributions from employees, customers, and local residents, Firstbank-West Michigan was able to raise 484.3 lbs. of food along with $483.88 to help buy necessities for those who need it.

Among the organizations were Belding Ministerial Association, Zion United Methodist Food Pantry, Saranac Community Church, Flat River Outreach Ministries Local Food Pantry, Love, Inc. of Hastings, and Mana's Market in Woodland.

Firstbank-West Michigan is proud to take donations again this year, beginning on Monday, October 24th, and ending Friday, November 11th. Stop by any of the Belding, Ionia, Lowell, Hastings, Woodland, or Sunfield locations to help contribute to a great cause!

Senior Scholars at the Free Fair Parade
Thu, Aug 11, 2011

Firstbank was a sponsor of the Ionia Free Fair again this year. We also took part in the parade, and had the senior scholars from Ionia High School ride on our float!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Ionia High School Senior Scholars on the Firstbank Float.

Ionia County Free Fair
Wed, Jul 27, 2011
Firstbank employees take part in the parade

The 2011 Ionia County Free Fair

Firstbank is a proud sponsor of the Ionia Free Fair which is held July 21st through the 30th.  The fair which began in 1915 is a 10 day event which features a parade and many exhibits including animals, arts, and crafts, games, a midway full of rides and of course some great entertainment.  Come and join us and be a part of Michigan's largest fair!

West Michigan Promotions
Fri, Jun 24, 2011

Kevin M. Meade Promoted to Senior Vice President at Firstbank-West Michigan

Ionia, Michigan ---- William L. Benear, President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank–West Michigan announced that Kevin M. Meade was promoted to Senior Vice President at the Bank’s Annual Organizational meeting of the Board.  “Kevin joined the bank in 1998 as Vice President, Retail Administration with responsibility for branch administration, facilities and human resources.  He currently supervises the bank’s Branch Administration Program and was designated an Executive Officer of the bank.  Kevin has been instrumental in representing the bank in community activities and providing leadership guidance within our branch network system” commented Benear.

Meade is a graduate of the Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Wisconsin and has a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  He currently serves as President of the Ionia Housing Commission, Treasurer of the Ionia County Intermediate School Board, is a Director of the Ionia Downtown Development Authority and was recently appointed to serve on the Workforce Development Board serving Ionia, Montcalm, Gratiot and Isabella counties.

Firstbank-West Michigan is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of banking services. Firstbank-West Michigan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Firstbank Corporation operating offices in Ionia, Belding, Hastings, Lowell, Sunfield, and Woodland, Michigan.   Firstbank Corporation, headquartered in Alma, Michigan, is a financial services company using a multi-bank-charter format with assets of $1.5 billion and 51 banking offices serving Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

 

Debrann Hausserman Promoted to Vice President at Firstbank-West Michigan

Ionia, Michigan ---- William L. Benear, President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank-West Michigan, announced that Debrann Hausserman was promoted to Vice President at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the bank. Benear commented “Deb joined Firstbank–West Michigan as a teller in 1978 and has been promoted to a series of increasingly more responsible positions with the bank over the ensuing years. As Manager of the Main Office Lobby and the Dexter Office she is a key contributor to the bank and is very deserving of this recognition.”

Hausserman is a graduate of the Northern Michigan School of Banking in Marquette and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce.  She is active at the bank with the American Cancer Society 24 Hour Relay and the bank’s annual United Way campaign.

Firstbank-West Michigan is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of banking services. Firstbank-West Michigan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Firstbank Corporation operating offices in Ionia, Belding, Hastings, Lowell, Sunfield, and Woodland, Michigan.   Firstbank Corporation, headquartered in Alma, Michigan, is a financial services company using a multi-bank-charter format with assets of $1.5 billion and 51 banking offices serving Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

 

 

Marilyn McDougall Promoted to Assistant Vice President at Firstbank-West Michigan

Ionia, Michigan ---- William L. Benear, President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank-West Michigan, announced that at the May meeting of the Board of Directors, Marilyn L. McDougall was promoted to Assistant Vice President at Firstbank-West Michigan.   “Marilyn McDougall joined Firstbank-West Michigan in 1984 as a teller.  She was promoted to increasingly more responsible positions on a regular basis over the ensuing years, and is very deserving of this recognition.” Marilyn has thirteen years of lending experience and is located at our Lowell Office as a Consumer and Retail Mortgage Lender.

Marilyn is a graduate of Robert M. Perry School of Banking and currently is the Board President of the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador for the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Lowell Community Expo Committee Chairperson and Affiliate Member of Montcalm County Association of Realtors.  Marilyn is actively involved in the Lowell community and is a volunteer at numerous Firstbank sponsored events. 

Firstbank-West Michigan is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of banking services. Firstbank-West Michigan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Firstbank Corporation operating offices in Ionia, Belding, Hastings, Lowell, Sunfield, and Woodland, Michigan.   Firstbank Corporation, headquartered in Alma, Michigan, is a financial services company using a multi-bank-charter format with assets of $1.5 billion and 51 banking offices serving Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. 

New Board Chair Announced
Fri, Jun 24, 2011

Janice DeYoung Elected Chairperson of the Board of Firstbank-West Michigan

Ionia, Michigan — William L. Benear, President and  Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank-West Michigan, announced the election of Janice DeYoung as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Firstbank-West Michigan on May 16, 2011. She succeeds former Chairman, Jerome Gregory, who completed his term as Chairman and will continue to serve as a Board Member. Janice has served on the Firstbank-West Michigan Board of Directors since September of 1997.  

DeYoung had a long career in the agricultural equipment industry with Michigan Chief Sales, Inc. of Lake Odessa, where she served as President and owner for 15 years. Janice’s community involvements have included serving on the boards of the Barry County Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Hastings Rotary Club. She has also served as the Chairperson of Barry County Family Independence Agency and the State Board of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). 

Janice is a 30 year resident of Barry County and currently lives in Yankee Springs Township with her husband Jim. They share five children and three grandchildren.   

Firstbank-West Michigan is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of banking services. Firstbank-West Michigan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Firstbank Corporation operating offices in Ionia, Belding, Hastings, Lowell, Sunfield, and Woodland, Michigan.   Firstbank Corporation, headquartered in Alma, Michigan, is a financial services company using a multi-bank-charter format with assets of $1.5 billion and 51 banking offices serving Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

West Michigan Shred Days Schedule
Wed, Jun 15, 2011

Bring in your sensitive documents from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for FREE on-site destruction.

4/23/11     Hastings Branch

6/25/11    Belding West Branch

8/20/11     Lowell Branch  

9/17/11     Southside Branch

West Michigan's First Shred Days
Thu, May 19, 2011

Our first Shred Days, which will provide free document shredding, will be held this year.

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