Bank appoints board members


Diane Maher. Courtesy Mercantile Bank of Michigan

A local bank has appointed three new members to its board of directors.

Grand Rapids-based Mercantile Bank of Michigan said last week it named several local leaders to its board: board Diane Maher, president and COO of DP Fox Ventures and Fox Motor Group; Joseph Jones, president and COO of the Urban League of West Michigan and a Grand Rapids city commissioner; and Kurt Hassberger, chairman and president of Rockford Construction.

The appointments are effective immediately.

Terms typically last a year and begin at the bank’s annual shareholder meeting in May. These three recent appointments were made mid-term and will be up for re-election next spring.

The board has 19 members.

“We are very excited to welcome Diane, Joe and Kurt, and we are pleased to add their complementary skillsets to an already strong board,” said Robert Kaminski Jr., CEO of Mercantile Bank Corporation, the holding company for Mercantile Bank of Michigan.

“Each of these individuals is a highly successful leader in their respective field and community, and we are confident that their leadership and experience will help provide our organization strong guidance in reaching its strategic pursuits and goals for sustainability.”

Diane Maher

Maher started at DP Fox Ventures in 1993 as the firm’s VP of finance, after previously serving as a financial consultant to the company during her tenure at Deloitte & Touche as an audit manager.

She serves as a board member for the West Michigan Policy Forum and Our Daily Bread Ministries.

Maher is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Ferris State University.

Joseph Jones

Previously, Jones was president and CEO of E.E. Milestone & Associates, as well as a managing partner of the Strategic Communications Group.

Jones is also a co-chair of the Urban Core Collective and serves as a board member for a myriad of local and regional associations.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Oakland University, an M.A. from Cornerstone University and executive education certificates from Dartmouth, Stanford and New York University.

Kurt Hassberger

Hassberger has been an attorney since 1978 and began representing Rockford Construction on legal matters in 1988, with particular emphasis on zoning, municipal and real estate issues. He joined the firm as general counsel in 1995 and was named COO in 1997, a position he held until 2013.

He also serves as a board member for the Downtown Improvement District and Grand Rapids Art Museum and is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

Hassberger holds a B.S. in psychology from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Mercantile Bank

Mercantile Bank of Michigan — a subsidiary of Mercantile Bank Corporation (Nasdaq: MBWM) — provides banking services to businesses, individuals and governmental units.

The bank has assets of about $3.3 billion and operates 47 banking offices throughout central and West Michigan.

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