Posted on 18 July 2013.
SPARTA, MI (June 27, 2013) – ChoiceOne Bank’s support of the Sparta Township Historical Commission (STHC) continues in 2013 with a recent donation of $5,000. James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, said the Historical Commission hopes to raise a total of $7,500 to purchase new display cases, bookcases, provide additional storage space, and connect a wireless copier and printer at the office.
“The new equipment will allow visitors to gain easier access to information now available,” Bosserd added. He said the STHC is developing new displays with one already scheduled for November 9th as part of a fundraising dinner — Remembering our Veterans—at the Sparta Civic Center. Tickets are available for the event by contacting the Commission at 616-606-0765.
Bosserd emphasized that ChoiceOne Bank has a solid relationship promoting the preservation of local history. He recalled the bank was instrumental in helping the Historical Commission to purchase its current building last year, located adjacent to the Civic Center.
Bosserd said celebrating Sparta’s history and putting it on display for everyone to see is a great way to promote community heritage and spirit. “As the local community bank, we want to help keep our communities vibrant, and our museum is an important part of Sparta.
The Sparta Township Historical Commission strives to preserve and keep local history alive for future generations. “Any donations of local historical items and financial support are always appreciated,” Bosserd noted.
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Posted on 22 March 2013.
ChoiceOne Bank recently announced that Jason A. Parker, of Cedar Springs, has re-joined the Bank as Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lender. In his new position, Parker will work with clients and new prospects to meet their commercial lending needs.
“As a Trusted Advisor of ChoiceOne Bank, I will also work with my clients to help identify all of their financial needs beyond commercial lending,” said Parker. “In that effort I will help coordinate and direct my clients to the appropriate areas within the Bank to obtain the broad range of banking services that we can offer.”
Parker’s appointment as Assistant Vice President marks a return for him to ChoiceOne Bank. Most recently he worked at Huntington Bank for five years, where he managed a $30 million portfolio. “We are pleased to welcome Jason back to ChoiceOne Bank,” said James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “The experience he has gained in his career and his commitment to serving customers will prove invaluable for our ChoiceOne Bank business clients. He brings a strong background and work ethic to his position.”
From 2003 to 2007, Parker was a branch manager at ChoiceOne, and prior to that a branch manager at Ionia County National Bank. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University.
Parker is active in his community serving as a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Celebration Committee. He is a past member of the Cedar Springs Rotary Club, past board member of the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce, and past Treasurer of the Lowell Rotary Club. Parker also helps coach youth soccer.
“Jason’s involvement in local service organizations is typical of what our employees are known for at ChoiceOne Bank,” added Bosserd. “As the local community bank, we want to do all we can to help the families and businesses in our communities succeed.”
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Posted on 23 October 2011.
ChoiceOne Bank Director Gary Gust, of Gust Construction, was honored when he was selected as the Grand Marshal of the Cedar Springs Red Flannel Festival which took place Saturday, October 1.
Each year, the Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors solicits nominations from the entire community for the prestigious title of “Grand Marshal” of the Red Flannel Festival. The Grand Marshal presides over the entire Festival, attending several key events and presiding over the Grand Parade.
“I was honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal this year,” stated Mr. Gust. Lolly and I are very active in our community and have enjoyed participating in this event for many years. This brought great pride to both of us.”
Gust has been a director of ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc. and ChoiceOne Bank since the merger with Valley Ridge Financial Corp. and, prior to that, was a director of Valley Ridge Financial Corp. and Valley Ridge Bank/Kent City State Bank, which was consolidated with The Grant State Bank on December 6, 1996, to form Valley Ridge Bank, since 1991.
“Gary has been a long-standing board member of ChoiceOne Bank,” said President and CEO James Bosserd. “As a local business owner that believes in supporting his community, he has provided valuable advice and character to our local community bank franchise.”
Gust attended Cedar Springs High School, and went on to Ferris State University, where he played tennis and met his wife, Lolly. Gary owned Gust Construction Company from 1979 until 2009.
ChoiceOne Bank is a full service financial institution with offices in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Newaygo Counties. ChoiceOne Bank offers insurance and investment products through its subsidiary, ChoiceOne Insurance Agencies, Inc. ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc. is the holding company headquartered in Sparta, Mich., and the parent corporation of ChoiceOne Bank. For more information, please visit ChoiceOne’s website at www.choiceone.com.
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