The First National Bank of Michigan Board of Directors.

Eric (Ric) V. Brown Jr.
Mr. Brown is senior counsel to the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. Mr. Brown is a broad-based business counselor whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, business combinations, joint ventures, corporate governance and corporate finance. He has served as an advisor and counselor in a substantial number of business transactions for both private and public companies as well as the organization of the Bank, First National Bancorp, Inc. and a venture capital firm. He served on the boards of two other banks and bank holding companies in Michigan for a period in excess of 20 years. He is a member of the board of directors of Kalamazoo Holdings, Inc., a spice, herb, hop and vegetable extraction company. He also is a member of the board of directors of Lafourche Realty Company, Inc., an oil and gas and real estate company. He has been active in the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association for the last 15 years, including participation as a regular member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. As such, he was on the editorial board of a task force which published a Model Stock Purchase Agreement, with commentary, in 1995, and published a Model Asset Purchase Agreement, with commentary, in 2000. He has also been active with a task force which has published a Model Joint Venture Agreement. Mr. Brown is listed in the 2003-2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America under Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law Sections.
James J. DeKruyter
Now retired, Mr. DeKruyter founded Michigan Disposal Service Corporation in Kalamazoo, Michigan which he operated until it was sold in 1993. His widespread knowledge of the Kalamazoo market and substantial business contacts will provide an active source of business for the Bank. He has served many volunteer organizations in Kalamazoo including the Kalamazoo YMCA and the national board of Youth for Christ. Mr. DeKruyter also served as director of Michigan National Bank - Kalamazoo.
James S. De Moss, D.O., FACEP
Dr. De Moss is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician and President of Southwestern Michigan Emergency Services, P.C., which has staffed Bronson Methodist Hospital's Emergency Department for over 40 years. His organization also provides emergency physician staffing of several other hospitals in southwest Michigan. They employ over fifty physician and midlevel providers. Prior to becoming President of SWMES, P.C., Dr. De Moss has served in several administrative positions within the organization and brings with him a unique knowledge regarding the operations and needs of a midsize professional company providing healthcare in southwest Michigan. Dr. De Moss is an also an avid outdoor sportsman and enthusiast and supports many wildlife habitat conservation efforts.
Dr. John M. Dunn
In July 2007, John M. Dunn was named president of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Dunn held administrative, research and teaching appointments at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the University of Utah, Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut. Dr. Dunn is internationally recognized for his efforts to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities, specifically their long-term health. He has been invited to speak throughout the United States and internationally. In recognition of his efforts, Dunn has received numerous awards for his scholarship, teaching, and leadership and has held offices in several professional organizations. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Dunn is an active participant in state and community efforts that focus on quality-of-life issues and enhancing economic development. Dunn serves on several regional boards as well as the governing boards of the Greater Kalamazoo Area United Way, the internationally acclaimed Gilmore Keyboard Festival, First National Bank of Michigan and Southwest Michigan First, W.E. Upjohn Institute, and is a trustee for the Bronson Healthcare Board. Dr. Dunn began his teaching at the University of Connecticut in 1972, earned bachelor´s and master´s degrees from Northern Illinois University in 1967 and 1969, respectively. He earned his doctoral degree from Brigham Young University in 1972.
James S. Gunderson
Mr. Gunderson was the Founder and President of Engineered Packaging Systems (sold to Alco Standard in 1996). Currently, he serves on the Board of Bronson Healthcare Group (past Chairman) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mr. Gunderson has served numerous community organizations including, Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce (past Chairman) and the Kalamazoo County Chamber Foundation. Mr. Gunderson's business experience and knowledge of the Kalamazoo business environment will be valuable resources for the Bank.
David L. Holmes.
Mr. Holmes was an owner and general legal counsel of Phoenix Properties, LLC, a real estate management and development firm in Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1995 to 2010, at which time the business was sold to other partners of the company.  Prior to 1995 he was in private practice as a partner in the Kalamazoo office of Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.C.  Mr. Holmes remains an active commercial real estate investor.  He has been involved as a community volunteer, including having served on the City of Kalamazoo Planning Commission, President of the LIFT Foundation, Chairperson of the Greater Kalamazoo United Way Pacesetter campaign and Vice Chairman of the Finance Council at St. Catherine of Siena Parish.  Mr. Holmes brings to the Board extensive experience with the community’s real estate and small business markets.
Benjamin T. Ipema
Mr. Ipema is President of QuikWall, a subsidiary of Job Management, which provides exhibit design, build and management services. Mr. Ipema is also involved in Airpower America, a local company producing the LiquiVac and MaxAir, air powered consumer products, and Level Data, a "software as a service" (SaaS) company. Mr. Ipema’s diverse experience provides a unique and valuable resource for the Bank. Mr. Ipema has served many charitable and civic organizations in Kalamazoo, including Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, Southern Heights Church, Kalamazoo Christian Schools and various organizations dedicated to education, poverty and housing.
Larry D. Lueth
President
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Mr. Lueth has served as President and Senior Lender for First National Bank since the bank’s inception in 2006.  Prior to founding First National Bank, Mr. Lueth served as Regional President for the Kalamazoo Region of National City Bank, now PNC Bank.  Mr. Lueth has served many civic organizations in Kalamazoo and currently is board chair of Borgess Health, secretary and current board member of the KVCC Foundation, board member of Community in Schools, board member of Downtown Tomorrow, Inc., and board member of WMU Alumni Association.
Sondra K. Phillips
Ms. Phillips is the sole owner of SKP Design, a firm that she founded in 1996. SKP Design offers interior design and architectural services in the Midwest. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1989. Prior to starting SKP Design, Sondra held positions with Tilton and Lewis in Chicago, Eckert-Wordell Architects and First of America Bank in Kalamazoo. Community activities include serving on the Permanent Collection Committee at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Downtown Grant Committee for the DKI. Ms. Phillips was recently a recipient of the Kalamazoo Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction Crystal Vision Award. This award is given to women that are visionaries who help promote, expand and encourage the role of women in the construction industry. She was also recognized in the Business Review's Leaders Under 40 in 2006. Ms. Phillip’s passion for marketing, her small business perspective and community connections as a lifelong resident make her an asset to First National Bank of Michigan Board. Sondra and Doug Phillips have two children and are involved in many community organizations.
John M. Schreuder
Chief Executive Officer
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With over 25 years of banking experience in Kalamazoo, John has served as Chairman and CEO of First National Bank of Michigan, since its inception in April, 2006. John has served on behalf of many civic and charitable organizations including the Board of Directors of the Michigan Bankers Association, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo and the State Chamber of Commerce.
 
Daniel R Smith
Mr. Smith was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First of America Bank Corporation, headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1985 to 1996, prior to its acquisition by National City Corporation. He is a Past Chairman of American Bankers Association and the Michigan Bankers Association. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch. Mr. Smith's 40 years of banking experience will be an invaluable resource to the Bank with regard to loan and deposit generation, public relations, and operational activities. Mr. Smith has served numerous charitable and civic organizations in Kalamazoo.
George N. Todd
After serving in Vietnam, attending college and co-founding a company that produced ornamental castings, George joined Kalsec in 1981. Kalsec, Inc. is a privately held international food and beverage business founded by his father in 1956, specializing in the manufacture and sale of natural colors, flavors, antioxidants, hop extracts and nutritional ingredients. Working his way through manufacturing and other areas, George became President in 1998, and CEO&Chairman in 2009. George also serves on the Board for Pathfinder International, an international organization that works to improve reproductive health of adolescents, women and men throughout the developing world.
Joshua T. Weiner
Mr. Weiner is the Chief Executive Officer of the Meyer C. Weiner Company, a commercial real estate development firm headquartered in Portage, Michigan. Mr. Weiner is the principal in over 55 income producing real estate entities and his primary business interest is in ownership and management for long term asset appreciation. Mr. Weiner's historical experience has provided him with in depth knowledge of a variety of industries and this background provides the Bank with an extremely valuable resource. Mr. Weiner's familiarity with the Kalamazoo market and the region is another asset for the Bank. Mr. Weiner has extensive experience in the banking industry from prior developmental and regional board positions with National City Bank and Irwin Union Bank and Trust. Mr. Weiner has served numerous charitable and civic causes and organizations including the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Western Michigan University Foundation, the United Way, the Jewish Federation of Southwest Michigan, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and Farmers Alley Theatre.

 

Experienced Leadership
Our Board of Directors is a diverse group of individuals who have succeeded in their respective industries, including the local banking community, for many years. They know West Michigan, understand business, and believe in building strong relationships– this is the foundation that allows us to provide assistance to entrepreneurs in ways that other banks can't or won't.

In an industry characterized by mega-mergers and ever-changing marquees, First National Bank of Michigan is proud to be founded and guided by a Board comprised of local people who want to see local businesses succeed– and want to remove the obstacles they may have encountered at other banks.

FNBM Board Members: Eric (Ric) V. Brown Jr., James J. DeKruyter, James S. De Moss, D.O., FACEP, Dr. John M. Dunn, James S. Gunderson, David L. Holmes, Benjamin T. Ipema, Larry D. Lueth, Sondra K. Phillips, John M. Schreuder, Michael N. Seelye, Daniel R. Smith, George Todd, Joshua T. Weiner.