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CTA students open bank


Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

Employees and students at Creative Technologies Academy don’t have to worry about making it to the bank after school—they just have to walk across campus to make a deposit.

Last month was the grand opening of a new branch of Independent Bank at CTA—and it’s run entirely by sixth graders.

Julie Wheeler, of the Cedar Springs branch of Independent Bank, approached CTA with the idea. She said that the Sand Lake branch had been doing something similar for the last 15 years. “I went and visited them, and their school loves it,” remarked Wheeler. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s our future—we’ll do whatever we can do for our students.”

Post photos by J. Reed.

Post photos by J. Reed.

City and school officials were on hand for the grand opening, as was Dave Reglin, Executive Vice President, Independent Bank. “We are proud of Julie and the Cedar Springs team for doing this,” he said.

Wheeler and sixth grade teacher Jenny Bangma worked together on the idea. Kids had to apply for the job, then went through a training program with Wheeler. Eight students were hired—a manager, alternate, site engineer, two marketing directors, and three tellers. They work directly for Independent Bank.

“The kids seem to really be enjoying it,” said Bangma, “especially those who are employed with the bank. Julie and her team are very professional and treat the students as employees versus just students.”

The bank is open two Wednesdays a month, for an hour each time. Students in grades four through eight have been invited to open accounts, and a few faculty members have opened accounts as well. Students can make deposits freely, but must have a parental note to make a withdrawal.

“So far it’s going well,” said Bangma. “Julie and I anticipated that we would start small, with only a few students and staff opening accounts; however, the participation is continuing to grow each week!”

Bangma said she chose not to grade students on their participation in the bank. “I feel like their experiences should be as authentic as possible,” she explained. “Students were made very aware of the expectations, and they know that they could be asked to leave their post if they do not meet them. We want to build work ethic through intrinsic motivation. Julie and I communicate regularly about the progress of our student workers.”

School leader Dan George thinks the bank is a great idea. “It’s a fantastic opportunity. We are always looking to incorporate project-based learning,” he explained. “They get experience in math, personal finance, getting along with people, etc. It’s a great opportunity for kids this age.”

 

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Grand Opening!


 

Independent Bank at Creative Technologies Academy

Grand Opening!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

 

Watch The POST for more details to come!

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Business Bits


MJ Dalton joins Hair Taylors

Hair Taylors, located at 4633 14 Mile Road, welcomes MJ Dalton to the select group of stylists at the salon.
Hair Taylors, owned by Dawn Roberts, is a group of professional women stylists who have closed or left a previous business and rent space in the Hair Taylors salon.
“The women here have become co-workers, friends, and team members,” said stylist Susan Reason. “As women in business, it’s imperative we come together. In this economy we have to find ways to cultivate services, to offer a relaxing atmosphere, and be affordable,” said Susan. “We are happy to have MJ Dalton in our family.”
The salon will be offering several buy one service, get one free specials throughout the holidays. Check out their specials in future issues of the Post! To make an appointment or get more info, call 696-2096.

Cyber Spot Electronics

A Greenville electronics store has a new location.
Cyber Spot Electronics, owned by David Ries and Greg Keates, is now located on M-91, one-half mile south of M-57. The shop, which specializes in computer and TV repairs, gives customers a quick turn-around  by doing their repairs immediately, when possible. The owners say what makes their business unique is that they can fix any electronic device with a battery, and can also aid in data recovery. They also carry refurbished PCs as well.
This family-oriented business said they plan to “grow-up with Greenville” and have bought the building they are now in. Stop by and check them out!  They are open Monday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-2. Closed Sunday. For more info call (616) 232-2099.

Independent Bank

Hank Risley has taken the role of senior vice president of retail lending at Independent Bank. Risley will lead the retail lending team statewide. Risley previously worked as a senior vice president of retail banking in West Michigan. This change will provide expanded service to Independent Bank’s customers throughout Michigan.
Brian Talbot, senior vice president of retail banking at Independent Bank, has an expanded role as the leader of retail administration throughout West Michigan. Talbot previously oversaw the retail administration in Ionia and Newaygo counties.

 

Meet and greet for Linda Lehman

Linda Lehman, Finance Director for the City of Cedar Springs, has taken a job with the City of Rockford. There will be a public meet and greet to say goodbye to her on Monday, November 28, from 1-3 p.m. at Cedar Springs City Hall.  Cake and punch will be served.

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Teresa Schab joins Independent Bank’s mortgage team in Cedar Springs


Teresa Schab has joined Independent Bank’s team in the Cedar Springs office, located at 4115 17 Mile Road, as a mortgage loan officer. Schab will serve customers in Cedar Springs, Howard City, Sand Lake and Trufant.
Previously, Schab was a mortgage loan officer at Independent Bank’s East Beltline office located in Grand Rapids.

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Case joins Independent Bank


Jeff Case has joined Independent Bank as an assistant vice president of treasury management. He will be located out of the Rockford office and serve customers in Southwest Michigan including Big Rapids, Newaygo, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Ionia, Portland and Carson City. Case brings over 23 years of banking experience to the position.

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Independent Bank Corporation promotes Brad Kessel to President


As part of Independent Bank Corporation’s senior management succession plan, Brad Kessel assumed the role of President of the Company, effective April 1, 2011, and Mike Magee Jr. is continuing to serve as the Company’s CEO until his retirement at the end of 2012. Mr. Kessel has over 17 years of experience with IBC in a variety of roles.
William Bradford Kessel age 46, was appointed Executive Vice President Chief Operations Officer of Independent Bank in September 2007 in conjunction with the consolidation of IBC’s four bank subsidiaries. He joined Independent Bank Corporation in 1994 as Vice President of Finance. In 1996 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Branch Administration for Independent Bank, a position he held until being named as President and CEO of Independent Bank in 2004 (prior to the consolidation of its four bank subsidiaries). Mr. Kessel received his undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and his MBA from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Kessel is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Mr. Kessel stated, “I am honored and very appreciative of the Board’s confidence in me.  I am excited about the opportunity to lead our experienced and talented employee base in serving the customers of Independent Bank and recognize the challenges that lie ahead in our collective efforts to improve the value of our shareholders’ investment in our Company.”

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