Bank names community president
A bank has named a long-time employee its new community president for a pair of markets in the region.
Fifth Third Bancorp said this month that it has named Ron Foor to the role for Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.
He will also continue his role as a commercial banker.
Foor will oversee community-related activities: volunteering, philanthropy and employee engagement.
“I’ve been a long time Old Kent/Fifth Third employee working primarily in the western Michigan community really for 25 years. For me, this is a nice opportunity,” Foor said.
Two challenges accompanying the new role include communicating the needs of the community effectively to employees and implementing strategies to address those needs, according to Foor.
“I think that it is something that I have been preparing to do for a long time,” Foor said. “I need to be a voice internally to raise those needs and let our folks know what is going on. The other thing I need to do in this role is to implement whatever initiatives and strategies that are unique to the needs of this community. I have been on the ground floor. . . . And now I am excited, because I get to be a little more vocal about how we are meeting those needs.”
Foor will replace outgoing community president Mason Coleman, who is expected to lead and grow the bank’s retail division in the area.
Coleman anticipates working with Foor over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition in leadership and said Foor’s dedication to the community makes him a natural fit.
Foor said he looks forward to learning the ropes a little more with Coleman.
“Mason and I go way back,” Foor said. “In fact, we had a relationship that was established back in the Old Kent days. The fact that he is going to be on board with me . . . it’s a great advantage for me.”
Previously, Foor managed a portfolio of government and institutional relationships for the bank and served in a number of internal leadership roles related to employee engagement activities.
Foor originally joined the organization as a part-time bank teller, while earning a college education. His experience includes working in retail banking, business banking and commercial real estate.
He also serves on the board of Life Matters Worldwide, a nonprofit in Grand Rapids.
Foor holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kalamazoo College and an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University.
“It’s kind of a coming home,” he said.