Bank names president of Grand Rapids market


Renee Tabben. Courtesy Bank of America

A woman with 19 years of experience in the financial industry is the new leader of the Grand Rapids market for a national bank.

Bank of America said yesterday that it has named Renee Tabben to the role, which covers Barry, Kent, Montcalm and Ottawa counties.


Tabben will serve as the bank’s "enterprise leader" for West Michigan.

She will have responsibility for coordinating all lines of business in the market and oversee Bank of America’s corporate social responsibility.

Tabben said she's absolutely enthusiastic about the new role.

“The reason for that is if you live in Grand Rapids, you can almost taste the excitement about growth,” Tabben said. “You look around town and you see all the good things that are happening in the community. The opportunity to represent my firm as a partner in that is pretty exciting.”

Tabben will also work with Matt Elliott, who serves the Detroit and statewide markets, to integrate financial services.

Tabben background

Tabben has held leadership roles with the bank’s Merrill Lynch division.

Most recently, she served as director of the west central Michigan region for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. In that role, she led more than 130 financial advisors throughout Grand Rapids, Portage, Muskegon, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Saginaw and Traverse City.

Tabben indicated that in addition to her leadership roles with the company, she also has had experience in the commercial and private banking space.

“Having that knowledge of the broader enterprise and having the relationships across each one of those lines of businesses helps me better communicate what we can do for our clients across Grand Rapids,” Tabben said.

Tabben holds a B.S. from Butler University and an M.B.A. from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

In the community

At the community level, Tabben said she’s still getting to know the philanthropic community, since she has been in Grand Rapids for less than two years, but she has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and is a board member with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

“I grew up as a music student myself, so I have a love of music, and I feel very strongly about music education — the role it plays in the development of children,” Tabben said. “I was very fortunate that Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has had a long-standing relationship with the symphony. I was quickly introduced to that organization and what a great way to be welcomed.”

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