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Independent Bank Corp. Appoints Michael Cok to its Board of Directors


Independent Bank Corporation, the holding company of Independent Bank, a Michigan-based community bank, announced that its Board of Directors appointed Michael Cok to the boards of the Corporation and the Bank. Mr. Cok will also serve on the Corporation’s audit committee. 

Mr. Cok is the Chief Operating Officer – Farmers Specialty, a division of Farmers Group, Inc., which manages the insurance operations of the Farmers Insurance Group of Exchanges (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange). He also serves as Vice President of Foremost Insurance Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan and its subsidiaries, which are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Exchanges. Farmers Group, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. family of insurance companies. Farmers Specialty provides a variety of specialty, personal lines insurance products throughout the United States. Mr. Cok is a certified public accountant and is active in a variety of charitable and civic organizations. 

William B. (“Brad”) Kessel, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Independent Bank Corporation, commented: “We are pleased to add Mike to the Boards of Directors of both our parent company and the Bank. His experience and leadership roles with a major insurance company, as well as his background in public accounting, make him an important addition to our organization.” 

Mike Cok commented: “I am excited to join the Board of Directors of Independent Bank Corporation. The Company has a strong dedication to the communities it serves. I look forward to working with such a talented and committed Board and management team.” 

Mr. Cok is a graduate of Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with a concentration in Accounting. 

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