Huntington Bank Tabs Kotecki For Presidency

June 5, 2002
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HOLLAND — Huntington National Bank picked one of its more recognizable executives in Holland as its local leader.

Lynne Kotecki, who’s worked in the market for more than 20 years, first with the former FMB bank, has been named Huntington National Bank’s new community president for Holland-Zeeland.

“For me this is like coming home,” Kotecki said.

Kotecki will chair a committee consisting of Huntington’s local executive team, including the head of the area’s retail banking operations, and focus on public relations, community sponsorships, investments and partnerships in a market that includes southern Ottawa and northern Allegan counties.

The position is a relatively new one for Huntington, which moved into West Michigan five years ago when it acquired the former Zeeland-based FMB Corp. Huntington’s goal is to have an executive in place in the market who can work to build a broader presence for the bank within the community.

“The title to the community makes a statement,” said Kotecki, describing her role as being the “go-to person on service issues.”

“It’s given more responsibility and accountability to make sure we’re properly positioned in the community,” she said. “We’re kind of protecting the community and making sure we’re partnering in the right area in service quality.”

Kotecki, who’ll also serve as the senior executive overseeing the Huntington Private Financial Services Group in Holland, has nearly 30 years’ experience in the banking industry and most recently served as director of marketing in Michigan for the Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington. She came to Holland in 1979 when she and her husband, Karl, relocated to the area from Detroit.

Her first position was as assistant manager at an FMB branch office in Douglas. She was later promoted to assistant manager at a larger office on Eighth Street in Holland. Over the years Kotecki has moved up through the ranks within FMB and then Huntington in branch administration, holding management positions in marketing, commercial sales, business development and community relations.

Kotecki is involved in numerous community organizations. She serves on the boards of Zeeland Community Hospital and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland, and is past president of the Greater Holland United Way and past chairman of the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce.

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