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December 26, 2017
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Mike Skinner
Michael Skinner. Courtesy West Michigan Community Bank

A West Michigan bank has appointed a trio of local executives to grow its presence in Grand Rapids.

Hudsonville-based West Michigan Community Bank, or WMCB, hired Michael Skinner as senior vice president and Grand Rapids market manager, a newly created position.

The bank defines the Grand Rapids market to include all of Kent County.

WMCB also appointed Gary Palmitier and Robert Klimczak as vice presidents of commercial banking.

All three executives will work at the bank’s downtown Grand Rapids branch, 177 Ottawa Ave. NW.

“I’m excited to have Mike, Gary and Bob join our Grand Rapids team as we re-launch our presence in Kent County,” said Philip Koning, president of WMCB.

He said the bank opened the Grand Rapids branch four to five years ago in a “limited” capacity. The “re-launch” involves “a substantial commitment of resources to grow in a very desirable market within West Michigan.”

“I’m looking forward to working with them as we continue to grow West Michigan Community Bank into the best business bank in the region,” Koning said.

Skinner

Skinner brings 19 years of commercial banking, business development and business management experience to the bank’s leadership team.

Before joining WMCB, Skinner served as senior vice president and chief lending officer for Community Shores Bank and as vice president of commercial lending for The Bank of Holland.

Skinner’s background also includes roles as an owner and investment partner in a West Michigan-based manufacturing business.

Skinner earned a business degree in finance from Grand Valley State University.

Palmitier

Palmitier brings 30 years of financial and banking experience to the leadership team.

Prior to his time at WMCB, Palmitier also worked at The Bank of Holland, where he focused primarily on agribusiness lending.

Palmitier spent five years as a CFO for an agribusiness firm with oversight of financials, budgeting and planning.

He earned a bachelor of arts in business administration, with a major in finance and a minor in economics, from Grand Valley State University.

Klimczak

Klimczak brings 20 years of commercial banking experience, following roles in the transportation and logistics industry.

As vice president of commercial lending for FirstBank/Mercantile for 12 years, Klimczak managed and grew a large commercial loan portfolio, including manufacturing, commercial real estate and health care clients.

He also served as director of finance for a freight and logistics firm.

A graduate of Central Michigan University, Klimczak has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.

West Michigan Community Bank

Founded in 1976, West Michigan Community Bank has two locations in Hudsonville, as well as branches in Jenison, downtown Holland, north Holland, Zeeland and Grand Rapids.

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