Independent Bank announced that it has appointed 17 associates to serve as vice presidents of community banking and promoted 20 associates to serve as banking office managers.

The following associates will serve as vice presidents of community banking:
Garrett Bensinger for the Olivet, Charlotte, Bellevue, Eaton Rapids, Potterville and Vermontville offices
Sue Fulk for the Leslie, Pleasant Lake and Mason offices
Dan Kreft for the Okemos, East Lansing, Williamston and Portland offices
Colleen Michels for the Muskegon, Grand Rapids Alpine, Standale and Sparta offices
Kelli Rose for the Grand Rapids offices of Plainfield, East Beltline, Monroe Center and Cascade
Jim Badgero for the Newaygo, Croton, White Cloud and Big Rapids offices
Amber Behrendt for the Rockford, Howard City, Sand Lake and Cedar Springs offices
Jennifer Meyers for the offices of Ionia Main, South Ionia, Ionia Point, Belding, Saranac and Carson City
Cheryl Ratynski for the Bay City offices of Bay City Main, Euclid and Broadway and the Essexville office
Dan Couveau for the Pinconning, Auburn and Standish offices
Jim Simcox for the Mt. Pleasant, CMU and Midland offices
Alycia Bye for the Saginaw offices of State Street, Fashion Square, Saginaw Center and Bridgeport
Mike Furst for the Caro, Cass City, Sebewaing and Unionville offices
Barb Haranda for the Marlette, North Branch, Kingston, Lapeer and Clio offices
Emily Phillips for the Bad Axe, Pigeon, Caseville and Ubly offices
Shelly Huntley for the Troy Main, Troy North and Shelby Township offices
Malcolm Williams for the Bloomfield Hills, Beverly Hills, Farmington Hills and Livonia offices

The following associates have been promoted to serve as banking office managers:
Karen Saltzman – Olivet office
Pam Beegle – Leslie office
Kelly Strauss – Okemos office
Erika Hoppes – Williamston office
Debra Urban – Grand Rapids, Plainfield office
Diane Joppie – Grand Rapids, East Beltline office
Sara Archer – Downtown Grand Rapids, Monroe Center office
Melody Polasek – Comstock Park, Alpine office
Rhonda Buter – Newaygo office
Elizabeth Rose – Rockford office
Brian Campbell – Howard City office
Kelly Adame – Belding office
Angela Faulk – Bay City Main office
Josh Wardynski – Pinconning office
Valdine Erskine – Mt. Pleasant and CMU offices
Monica Presnikovs – Saginaw State Street office
Tony Budreau – Caro office
Alecia Weippert – Cass City office
Jeff Tierney – Troy Main office
Traoney Harris – Troy North office

President and Chief Operating Officer Brad Kessel said, “Our customers’ experiences are very important to us. We call it the ‘Eagle Experience,’ which means we listen closely to what our customers want and need. In our pursuit to impress every customer every day, every time, we have raised the bar on what customers should come to expect from our service.”

These new roles will enhance Independent Bank’s strong ties and relationships with its communities and its customers. “We’re rooted in our communities, and we root for our communities,” said Kessel. Independent Bank’s recent earnings release which reported a net income of $5.4 million for the third quarter 2012 reflects the positive momentum of the bank, and the recovering Michigan economy.