Contributors
Founder and Chair – LMFC
Vice Chair – LMFC
President and CEO – The Bank of Northern Michigan
SVP of Shared Services - LMFC
Senior Vice President, Traverse City Market Manager
Name: Jeremy Hawke
Title: Senior Vice President, Traverse City Market Manager
Biography: Jeremy is a Senior Vice President and Market Manager at The Bank of Northern Michigan and is responsible for the Bank's Traverse City office as well as overseeing the bank's Business Banking groups in Petoskey and Traverse City. He has 20-years of experience in Banking and financial management. He serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee for Central United Methodist Church and is on the Board of Directors for Third Level Crisis Center. He has both his BS and MBA degrees from Western Michigan University, and has completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and taking advantage of all of the great outdoor activities our area has to offer.
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Name: Leslie Lynch
Title: SVP of Shared Services - LMFC
Biography: Leslie joined Lake Michigan Financial Corporation as its head of shared services in 2012, happy to return to her ‘home state’ of Michigan. Her financial services background spans 20+ years, with prior experience in asset and wealth management, investment banking, and capital markets. Leslie’s background blends both sales and service, having spent part of her career ‘carrying a bag’ in the field and part in leading infrastructure departments and teams. Educationally, she has recently completed her doctorate degree in business and holds a graduate and undergraduate degree in business. Leslie lives in Grand Rapids and is active in the triathlon community.
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Name: John Paul
Title: President and CEO – The Bank of Northern Michigan
Biography: John D. Paul, Jr. is the president and chief executive officer of The Bank of Northern Michigan, a position he’s filled since January, 2010. John joined the bank in 2006 as executive vice president and market manager for its Traverse City office. Prior to that, he held various senior positions in banking, including positions as president of Old Kent Bank’s Traverse City operations and as Fifth Third Bank’s community president in Kalamazoo.
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Name: Bob Bleyaert
Title: Vice Chair – LMFC
Biography: Robert Bleyaert founded The Bank of Northern Michigan in Petoskey in 2000 after years of working with bigger banks. Bob wanted The Bank of Northern Michigan to serve as a full service community-based financial institution with employees committed to developing and maintaining high quality person to person banking relationships. In January, 2010, after serving as President and CEO of the bank for years, Bob transitioned to a role as Vice-Chair with Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, the holding company for both The Bank of Holland and The Bank of Northern Michigan.
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Name: Rich Lievense
Title: Founder and Chair – LMFC
Biography: Rich Lievense founded Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, the holding company for both The Bank of Holland and The Bank of Northern Michigan in 1998. Rich began his banking career working for community banks in Ohio and Missouri, eventually landing with a corporate bank as head of a large business unit. Rich then took a position as President of a bank in Holland, Michigan. After years in a “big bank”, Rich had a vision for a different kind of bank, one committed to providing all the services of a large bank while enjoying the culture of a community bank. This meant developing an environment of “doing what is right” for its clients, its employees and its communities.
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