Bank hires market president


Nancy Turtle. Courtesy Mercantile Bank

A local bank has named its new leader for a market in the region.

Mercantile Bank Corporation said last week its subsidiary, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, hired Nancy Turtle as community bank president for the "Kalamazoo/southwest Michigan market.

Turtle will oversee operations and play a role in building Mercantile Bank’s presence in the market.

"Her 20 years of commercial banking experience in southwest Michigan and her understanding of Mercantile's relationship-based approach to business are terrific assets for the bank as we grow our base of business in these key markets," said Ray Reitsma, president, Mercantile Bank.

Turtle said the Grand Rapids-based bank “has been successful because of its strong customer relationships.”

"I look forward to being a part of the team and building on the track record we have established to date," she said.

Turtle’s background

Turtle has held several executive positions at various financial institutions in West Michigan.

Most recently, she was VP of commercial banking at First National Bank of Michigan, a role she held for nearly 10 years.

Previously, Turtle served as VP of commercial banking at Fifth Third Bank in Kalamazoo for 10 years, worked in corporate accounting at First of America Bank and was a sales representative and territory manager at Bob Jones Corporation.

Turtle holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Western Michigan Haworth College of Business and a master’s in public administration from WMU.

In the community, Turtle is involved with various organizations: American Cancer Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Kiwanis Club of Kalamazoo; Senior Services Capital Campaign; United Way; Ministry with Community; Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan; and Kalamazoo Area Academic Achievement Program.

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