Community Spotlight

North Michigan Region

We could write a hundred pages worth of our community involvement, and below is a small sample of what we are doing. Check it out!

Bayshore Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K Race

Celebrating its 35th Anniversary on Saturday May 27th, the Bayshore Marathon has become a “must run” for runners throughout the Midwest and beyond. Many runners return year after year to enjoy the scenic course with runs along Northwest Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Hosted by the Traverse City Track Club (TCTC), Bayshore features a 10K, half-marathon and full marathon. TCTC uses the funds generated to promote running and healthy living across Northwest Michigan. For more information and results from this year, please visit

TRI Greenville

2017-Official-LogoTaking place on Saturday, June 3rd was an early season triathlon & duathlon that was well suited as a training event for the seasoned athlete as well as an entry level distance for those who are just deciding to plunge into their first event. The event is centered on Greenville’s beautiful Baldwin Lake and features a unique spectator experience from an elevated viewpoint above the lake and transition area. Visit for this year’s results and information for next year!

Leland Wine & Food Festival

Chemical Bank proudly sponsored the Leland Wine & Food Festival. We hope the attendees enjoyed tasting award-winning wines from 12 Leelanau Peninsula wineries and one local brewery, delicious specialties from eight local vendors while soaking up beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Manitou Islands from the Leland Harbor. As the stage sponsor, we loved hosting live music from the Drew Hale Band and The Hidden Agenda Band! Thank you to everyone who made this a successful event!

Spring Home Shows and Community Expos!

Chemical Bank has always enjoyed participating in community events and being available to answer your financial questions. We enjoyed seeing you at the following events and hope you had the chance to stop by our booth:

  • Houghton Lake Chamber Business Expo – April 26th at the Houghton Lake High School Gym
  • Northern Michigan Home & Outdoor Show – April 28th & 29th at the Otsego County Sportsplex
  • Mecosta County Chamber Community Expo – April 29th at the Big Rapids Middle School
  • Iosco County Project Connect – May 16th at the Plainfield Township Hall in Hale
  • Roscommon Business Expo – May 17th at the CRAF Center

West Michigan Region

west_smChemical Bank takes pride in being an involved supporter of our local communities, as well as the people and organizations that serve them. Throughout the year, Chemical Bankers volunteer at many festivals and charity events throughout West Michigan to offer a helping hand. Chemical Bank knows that local festivals are an important facet of the community, which is why we actively participate and volunteer in the communities we serve. Please do not hesitate to stop and say hello to a Chemical Bank representative the next time you see them at your local community festival!

Beginning this May, our West Michigan banking centers will kick off our annual customer appreciation days. Every year we look forward to having the opportunity to set aside a special day and say “Thank You” to our customers. This year is an especially exciting year as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary! Watch for notices at your local office for their upcoming customer appreciation day.

Chemical Bank believes health and fitness are important and take pride in supporting local athletic events. This year we are thrilled to be a part of the Holland Tulip Time Run, Jenison Memorial Day Race, Race for the Spartan Stores YMCA, Park to Park ½ Marathon & 5K and Run Thru the Rapids to just name a few!

Chemical Bank is excited to be a part of the 4th Annual Walk the Beat music event. Walk the Beat is a free and family-oriented event that will take place in Grand Haven on Saturday, August 19. This event includes 25 different venue locations in Grand Haven that will host a total of 50 musical acts in one day. Event guests may “Walk the Beat” for free and text-to-vote for their favorite musical acts. Also, don’t miss the Sounds of Summer concerts at Bolt and Pottawatomie Parks in Grand Haven on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s leading up to the Walk the Beat event. Each night features a different live performance, prizes and kids’ activities!

We look forward to seeing you out in the community all summer long!

East Michigan Region

Clare, MI

1_loomis_smPlease join your fellow community members in congratulating Rod Loomis, Clare Community Bank President, on his retirement. Rod will be retiring from the bank on July 7th, 2017. He has been an integral part of Chemical Bank for more than 37 years, and his contributions will always be valued and remembered. His hard work, commitment and dedication remain worthy of admiration.

Rod’s roots are in the central Michigan community. He grew up in Farwell and graduated from Farwell Schools in 1974. His father owned a hardware store in Farwell where, as a teenager, he worked an after-school job throughout the early 1970s.

He got his start in the banking world at the Farwell State Savings Bank in the late 1970s, working there for over three years. On January 2nd, 1980, he began his career at Chemical Bank as a Loan Department Clerk in Midland. After a year, he took on the position of Assistant Branch Manager at Midland’s Circle Office, quickly followed by a movement to Branch Manager of the Pinconning Office from 1983 to 1988. After that, Rod took on the Branch Manager, Vice President position at the Standish Office until 1992 and eventually became a Senior Vice President for Chemical Bank Huron-Au Gres in the mid-1990s.

Rod made his way back toward the middle of the Mitten in 2002 when he became a First Vice President, Consumer Lending-Dealer Relations in Midland, then First Vice President, Commercial Lending. In 2006, he was appointed to Retail Sales Manager, and took on his current position as Clare Community Bank President in 2009.

Rod is a member of the Robert Perry School of Banking Class of 1986, and holds various diplomas and certificates from the American Institute of Banking.

In addition to his long and prosperous career, Rod has been married to his wife, Sandy, for 19 years. He has three children and four grandchildren. He lives in Clare and spends as much time as possible at his cottage on Surrey Lake. Rod’s hobbies include boating, travel, photography and music. He is currently a member of two different bands – the Reliks Band in Midland and the Tom Beaudin Band in Saginaw.

Rod will be sorely missed, but we wish him the very best in the next steps of his journey.

Caro, MI

With the recent merger between Chemical Bank and Talmer Bank and Trust, a unique opportunity was created. After combining two branches into one, the former Talmer Bank branch building in the heart of Caro became open and for sale, and Caro Community Hospital was looking to acquire it. Chemical Bank supported Caro Community Hospital’s vision of providing timely and quality health care to the community with a $75,000 donation. The donation dollars will go toward the opening of a new urgent care facility in the recently purchased building. Once the facility opens, it will lessen the travel time of some patients significantly. Chemical Bank supports the work that the Caro Community Hospital will be able to do through this donation, and we are excited to see how the community benefits from this partnership.

Bay City, MI

3_baycity_smSpring is in the air, and Chemical Bank’s Bay City Community Bank team celebrated with an appearance in the 63rd Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The parade float included a display of an Irish flag and an American flag with the message “Luck O’ The Irish.” The rear of the float boasted a giant golden “100” to symbolize our 100th anniversary. Chemical Bank staff members walked alongside the float handing out candy and goodies to spectators. Our mascot, Dollar the Silver Squirrel, was also there; he stirred up the crowd as he waved from the back of the parade car. This is just one of many community events you can expect to see Chemical Bankers at throughout the year.

Flint, MI

4_flint_smChemical Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jim Carney to Flint Community Bank President. Jim joined Chemical Bank in September 2010 as Vice President, Commercial Lending with 19 years of previous banking experience. Jim has divided his time between Owosso and Flint until he was permanently relocated to Flint in 2016. He received his MBA from the University of Michigan–Flint in 2002. Jim resides in Grand Blanc with his wife and two children. He is very active in the community and currently serves as a member of the following organizations: West Flint Optimist Club, University of Michigan–Flint School of Management Advisory Board, Local Initiative Support Corporation, and past president and board member of the Genesee District Library. We are confident Jim’s passion for the Flint community will shine through his work and community involvement for many years to come.

Midland, MI

5_Dow_smStarting in 2018, Chemical Bank will become the title sponsor of the Tennis Classic in Midland. Formerly known as the Dow Corning Tennis Classic, with a transition to the Dow Tennis Classic in 2017, this tournament is a USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Pro Circuit event with total prize money of $100,000. It is held yearly at the Midland Tennis Center. This event aligns perfectly with who Chemical Bank is and what we have accomplished during our first 100 years of supporting activities that improve the quality of life in our communities. Chemical Bank is committed to maintaining the tournament as a premier stop on the tour and continuing the experience and atmosphere that our players and fans are accustomed to for many years to come. This is an amazing event that showcases our community and the Great Lakes Bay Region like no other.

Port Huron, MI

Blue Water Area Chamber members: Danielle Warren, Program and Events Manager; Joyce Doyle, Manager Membership Sales; Dollar; and Thelma Castillo, Chamber President and CEO

L to R: Blue Water Area Chamber members: Danielle Warren, Program and Events Manager; Joyce Doyle, Manager Membership Sales; Dollar; and Thelma Castillo, Chamber President and CEO

On Tuesday, March 14th, customers, Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce members and Chemical Bank employees celebrated Chemical Bank’s 100th Anniversary with a ribbon-cutting at the Port Huron Water Street location. Mayor Pro Tem, Anita Ashford presented a proclamation congratulating the bank on its 100 years of service. There is a unique crossroads between the two organizations as the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce is also celebrating its centennial milestone this year. Chemical Bank also showed its support of the Girl Scouts 105th anniversary by providing Girl Scout cookies at their recent event. The Port Huron team is looking forward to many more community events this year!

L to R: Port Huron Community Bank Banking Center Managers: Stella Ruhlman (Algonac), Kimberly Millerschin (Imlay City), Julia Green (Marysville), Dollar, Catherine Mills (Regional Sales Manager), Wendy Smith (Hancock), Angie Schliter (Lapeer) and Tabitha Systermann (Lexington).

L to R: Port Huron Community Bank Banking Center Managers: Stella Ruhlman (Algonac), Kimberly Millerschin (Imlay City), Julia Green (Marysville), Dollar, Catherine Mills (Regional Sales Manager), Wendy Smith (Hancock), Angie Schliter (Lapeer) and Tabitha Systermann (Lexington).

Ribbon cutting: Celebrating Chemical Bank’s 100th Anniversary with a ribbon-cutting at the Port Huron Water Street location.

Ribbon cutting: Celebrating Chemical Bank’s 100th Anniversary with a ribbon-cutting at the Port Huron Water Street location.

Southeast Michigan Region

Community Spotlight – Kimberly Nestor, Regional Marketing Coordinator

Thank you for making our first Winter Wishes Campaign such an overwhelming success! We could not have done it without the generous donations from our customers throughout Southeast Michigan.

While it is Southeast Michigan’s 5th year as Title Sponsor of the Detroit Free Press Marathon, we are proud that it will now be called the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, as we celebrate the bank’s 100th Anniversary! Another partnership returning this year was with the American Heart Association’s 2017 Michigan Heart Walk. Employees at all banking centers and offices were encouraged to donate to the cause and participate in the Walk this past May. Ask them how you can participate, when you see them wearing their ‘Jeans for a Cause’ buttons on pay day Fridays! In other exciting news, we recently signed a new sponsorship with the United Shore Professional Baseball League and the Detroit City Football Club, allowing us to extend our Chemical Bank brand further out into the communities we reach. We hope to see you at an upcoming game!

Because we’re a new region, we’d like to introduce several of our business partners and news from their area.

Mortgage – Mike Maher, Senior Vice President Mortgage Sales Director
Chemical Bank and its Mortgage Division have been at the forefront of Detroit’s nationally recognized comeback, having committed significant financial and other resources to the Marygrove District in particular, and having been the lead architect of the Detroit Home Mortgage (“DHM”), a product designed to meaningfully jumpstart the residential housing market in Michigan’s largest city. The Marygrove District is located in the northwest section of the city, and is one of several neighborhoods that have been specifically identified by the Mayor’s Office to be the focus of significant, targeted revitalization efforts. To date, the Bank has directly assisted over two dozen families with the purchase and subsequent renovation of their homes in Marygrove. Further, using the DHM and its own direct financial support, the Bank has helped create meaningful home value price appreciation and overall neighborhood stabilization. Activities and initiatives like this are clear indications that Chemical Bank embraces neighborhood revitalization and community development; such activities are woven into the culture of the Bank itself.

Wealth Management – Joshua A.R. Rennert, Vice President – Wealth Planner
At Chemical Bank, we believe every great formula for success starts with a well-crafted plan. As such, Chemical Bank Wealth Management is proud to announce the establishment of a dedicated Wealth Planning division in Southeast Michigan. What does having a Wealth Plan provide you? Clarity and guidance on Retirement Planning, Charitable Giving, Investment Analysis, Succession Planning and much more. Reach out to a member of the Chemical Bank Wealth Management team today to learn more about a personalized Wealth Plan.

Volunteers at Partnership Days

Retail – Adam M. Clous, Retail Sales Manager, West Metropolitan District
Megan Baidoon and Adam Clous, from the West Metropolitan District, volunteer their time working with school children at Cornerstone Schools, a charter school system in Detroit. Cornerstone hosts Partnership Days once per quarter which are organized days for community volunteers to visit the classrooms and work with the children. The Partnership Days each have a dedicated theme and project that the students and visitors work together on. In March, the students and volunteers were focusing on the scientific process. The assignment was to design an experiment to see how many drops of water could fit on a penny. Students and volunteer teams had to discuss variables (height dropped from, head/tail side of penny, etc.), record our test observations, and prepare a conclusion based on our experiment. In addition to the Partnership Days, volunteers are encouraged to visit on other days to share more about what they do for work, to participate in other activities in the classrooms, and to read books to the class. The volunteer efforts are rewarding; the students look forward to the Partnership Days and are very interested to learn more about what the volunteers do for work. It is inspirational to see how excited the students are to learn about real-life challenges and that their learning is helping to prepare them to address.

Community Banking – Tom Shafer
Southeast MI Bank BldgChemical Bank is excited to share that we have made an additional commitment to the city of Detroit, by opening a new banking center at 333 Fort Street and are very proud to receive naming rights to the building with signage visible from Jefferson Avenue and Campus Martius. Approximately 60 of our Chemical Bank employees will be serving the needs of Commercial, Private Banking, Mortgage, Treasury Management and Retail Clients. We are looking forward to serving the downtown marketplace!

CRA – Laura Castone, CRA Market Manager

WYCD’s Roxanne; Madison Heights Manager, Sarah Schonschek and East Metropolitan District Manager, Andy Jacobs

WYCD’s Roxanne; Madison Heights Manager, Sarah Schonschek and East Metropolitan District Manager, Andy Jacobs

Cultivating community and financial literacy initiatives is an integral part of our work at Chemical Bank. In March, the Southeastern Regions’ Shakir Bralock, LaRhonda Simmons and Sara Schonschek were excited to participate in two community outreach initiatives that provided support to small business owners at the Northwest Activity Centers’ Small Business Expo and free tax assistance to low income households at Show Me the Money Day Oakland County.

The Small Business Expo was an all-day event that brought together information resources for small business owners under one roof. The Small Business Expo featured 50 vendor booths and panel discussions on ‘top trending’ small business topics such as small business lending, Small Business Resources and much more!

Show Me the Money Day was a FREE statewide event that traveled to Oakland County kicking off the tax season. It featured free tax assistance, financial literacy workshops and access to several community resources including: Accounting Aide Society, Weatherization programs and countless others in order to maximize your income tax refund.


Southwest Michigan Region

James Zablocki, Vice President – Commercial Lender for Chemical Bank (left) and Todd Obren, Chemical Bank Community President for the Michiana Community Bank (right), present a check to Mark Weber, Niles – Buchanan YMCA CEO (center).

James Zablocki, Vice President – Commercial Lender for Chemical Bank (left) and Todd Obren, Chemical Bank Community President for the Michiana Community Bank (right), present a check to Mark Weber, Niles – Buchanan YMCA CEO (center).

Chemical Bank believes corporate responsibility includes making a long-term commitment – to our footprint, to our employees and to future generations. To reinforce that commitment, in 2012, we established the Chemical Bank Foundation, which allows us to better organize, prioritize and execute our corporate giving over the long-term. In February the Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the Niles – Buchanan YMCA’s “Building the Foundation of Community” Capital Campaign. The three-phase campaign will expand the facility focusing on a dedicated space for teens and youth, giving children the opportunity to gather in a healthy and safe place when they are not in school. Chemical Bank is committed to the communities they serve and demonstrates their commitment through financial support of local organizations like the YMCA.

During January, February and March Chemical Bank employees partnered with Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan to provide lessons to students at Prairieview Elementary in Battle Creek. Chemical Bankers volunteered in 13 of the school’s 14 classes, reaching 325 students. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth, effectively manage it, how to create jobs, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Each volunteer visited the classroom once a week and provided a short financial literacy lesson that included hands-on activities and take-home resources. At the end of the program an all-school assembly was held where Dollar the Silver Squirrel made a guest appearance and each student received a goody bag that included a pair of Chemical Bank ear buds!

In March, employees from the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph area teamed up with the Krasl Art Center to help them film their mannequin challenge video. The video was created to spark interest in all that the Krasl has to offer and also to gain more volunteers. Click here for a link to the mannequin challenge and be sure to watch for Dollar the Silver Squirrel!

We really enjoyed participating in Teach Children to Save Week during the week of April 24th.

We visited many schools that week, including the following: Coloma Elementary, Paw Paw Early Elementary, Sam Adams Elementary in Cassopolis, and South Elementary in Watervliet, to name a few.

Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio


Spring means new beginnings, and there are a lot of exciting starts for Chemical Bank in the Mahoning Valley and the Northeast Ohio regions! Though we are now Chemical Bank, our values and community approach remain the same. Our employees and customers, new and old, are delighted to support our community in various ways.

We had an overwhelming response from team members and customers during our first Winter Wishes campaign in both Ohio regions. All of the organizations we donated items to were incredibly grateful for our generosity at a time of year when donations are slower than usual.

Both Ohio regions are enthusiastic about launching the Teach Children to Save Program to their communities. We are looking forward to teaching valuable savings lessons to dozens of elementary classrooms.

Mahoning Valley

In late February, the Mahoning Valley participated in the Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley’s Bowl-A-Thon to raise funds for the organization. Our group of bowlers raised $3,900 for Junior Achievement! Cornersburg, OH, team members dressed as their favorite characters at the Bowl-A-Thon.

The Mahoning Valley region is proud to be a presenting sponsor for the inaugural Youngstown Marathon which took place on June 4. Beginning in Mill Creek Park and running through downtown Youngstown, the race included a half marathon, 5k and a kid’s dash. The Youngstown Marathon has chosen Mahoning Valley United Way Success After Six and Trumbull County Children’s Rehabilitation Center as the charitable beneficiaries. Both charities will receive monetary donations made on behalf of runners as well as from runner registration fees. We are excited to be a part of this new installment in the heart of Youngstown! Thank you to all of the runners, sponsors and volunteers who helped make this a fun race weekend with over 1,000 participants!

In May, the Mahoning Valley participated in two Relay for Life events to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The Warren Relay for Life ran from May 12-13 and the Boardman Relay for Life was May 19-20. As always, we were excited to be a part of this cause.

Later this spring and throughout the summer, the Mahoning Valley will be teaming with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to sponsor numerous baseball games throughout the 2017 season. In addition this summer, we will be participating in the Howland Township Fourth of July Celebration. This huge hometown event boasts a beautiful parade, games and the Stars and Stripes 5k.

Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio is committed to assisting Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio’s Harvest for Hunger campaign. The banking centers in this region are raising money through Jeans Days to help this worthy organization. At the end of the campaign, the Northeast Ohio region will match the amount raised, which will aid food banks across three counties. Our team members will also volunteer at the local food banks.

2017 marks the city of Elyria’s 200-year anniversary, and the Northeast Ohio region will be participating in the yearlong celebration! We are proud to be a part of this milestone for Elyria.

Later this summer and fall, we will be supporting the Elyria Apple Festival and Car Show. This vast community event, which is held on the Square in downtown Elyria, includes an Apple Pie Baking Contest, an Apple Pie Eating Contest, Apple Queen Princess Pageant and a Car Show.

In addition, we will be partaking in the 39th annual Ravenna Balloon A-Fair late this summer. There is a grand parade, live entertainment, an antique tractor show and of course, a hot air balloon launch!