Dave Currie, owner of Pro-Tech Machine, Inc., in Burton, Michigan, grew up in a family-owned business. At a young age, Dave became accustomed to a more personal way of doing business. After opening his own business, Dave wanted to work with a banker who also valued personal service. Dave met Matt Ankley – now a Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer at ChoiceOne Bank (Lakestone Bank & Trust) – over 16 years ago.
When Al Ochadleus thinks back on his career, he fondly refers to himself as “just a punk kid” who was given a chance to work for Vlasic Food Products, Inc. in 1962. Al likes to reminisce about his first job as an 18-year-old kid pitching sauerkraut from large wooden barrels in Imlay City, Michigan, boasting that he’d take over the company someday. “I literally started at the bottom of the barrel,” chuckles Al. “But it was a matter of trust when they hired me, and it led to a great career. And I did take over the Midwest!”
Correction Made on June 29,2020: We received over 100 applications from 26 different high schools and one home schooled student across our footprint. The 12 2020 winners came from 8 of those high schools and one was a home schooled student.
ChoiceOne Bank has awarded a one-time, need-based scholarship of $1,000 to12 seniors in eight different community high schools and one home school. Seniors were asked to submit a 500 word or less essay explaining their experience with community service, why they got involved, who benefited, and how the student benefited. Spanning Michigan, ChoiceOne serves markets in both West and Southeastern Michigan. Six winners were selected from each market.
ChoiceOne Bank is pleased to announce our participation in the LINC UP’s Rock the Block 10-Year-Anniversary Celebration with a $5,000 sponsorship. Rock the Block is an annual community event hosted by LINC UP and will mark a decade this year! Rock the Block is a celebration of the community coming together to connect, share resources, and spend time experiencing the culture of community in Madison Square, August 15 from 11 am to 4 pm.
It was 11 years ago Jeff Zack, co-owner of Fōmcore started his first business so he would have something to do in retirement. Little did this Sergeant at the Michigan Department of Corrections know at the time he was just getting started!
While many businesses and nonprofits across Michigan are feeling the hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic, ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: COFS) ("ChoiceOne”), the parent company of ChoiceOne Bank and Lakestone Bank & Trust, quickly began processing loans under the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). To date, the Banks have processed over 700 Payroll Protection Program (PPP) applications with a value of over $100 million.
COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is impacting all of us and keeping up with the ever-changing information can be intimidating. Navigating the current economic climate may seem daunting but there are things you can do to support your business, as well as others. Now more than ever, transparency and authenticity is key in your communication to your employees and customers.
With over 18 years of management experience and 23 years in banking, it's no secret that Skylet Cummings is excelling in her role as AVP, Branch Manager of two locations in the unique community of Rockford, Michigan. Rockford is known for its close-knit feel and family-friendly lifestyle. It's fueled with local shoppers, neighborly attitudes, and family owned businesses. So when ChoiceOne Bank opened two branches in Rockford, they knew it would take the right branch manager to fit into the community, and Skylet is that perfect fit.
From Bank Teller to Commercial Lending Officer and everything in between, Trish Brown has many accomplishments in her 20+ years of working for ChoiceOne Bank. The everything-in-between includes marrying her husband, loving and parenting her two kids (and fur baby), continuing her education in banking, and helping the bank win awards for a dedication to serving the underserved…But most recently; receiving the Rising Star Award by the Community Bankers of Michigan (CBM).