Community Bankers of Michigan taps ChoiceOne leaders

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Michael Burke. Courtesy ChoiceOne Bank

ChoiceOne Bank’s top two executives have been selected for leadership roles by Community Bankers of Michigan.

Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank (Nasdaq: COFS) on Monday, Oct. 11, said President Michael Burke Jr. completed his term as chair of the Community Bankers of Michigan (CBM) and will now serve as immediate past chair for fiscal year 2021-22, and ChoiceOne’s CEO Kelly Potes was elected to serve as secretary and treasurer of CBM’s board of directors and will become its chair in four years, from 2024-25.

Burke’s final duties as CBM’s chair were to oversee the association’s 48th annual convention held recently at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, where he announced the upcoming leadership.

“I was extremely honored to act as chairman of the Community Bankers of Michigan,” Burke said. “It was definitely a highlight of my career, and I was proud to serve our community bankers across Michigan and to represent ChoiceOne Bank. Over the years, I have had the privilege to meet and work with many bankers throughout our great state and throughout the country. I’ve made so many great friends. As community bankers, we all share a personal level of commitment to serving the families, farmers and businesses in our local communities. The challenges we continued to face in 2021 drove home how important our communities and our community bankers are to our Michigan economy.”

Burke began his career as a part-time teller and progressed into various management and executive roles throughout his career. He became president of ChoiceOne in 2019 following its merger with Lakestone Bank & Trust. In 2016, Burke became president of Lakestone Bank & Trust following the merger of Lapeer County Bank and Trust and CSB Bank. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of CSB Bank starting in 2012. Burke has served the Community Bankers of Michigan for the past eight years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and finance from the University of Michigan-Flint.

“Mike did an excellent job leading our Community Bankers of Michigan and representing ChoiceOne Bank,” Potes said. “I am honored to accept the role of officer for the board of directors of the Community Bankers of Michigan going forward. Our community bank association is a valuable organization for us, and as we grow ChoiceOne across Michigan, it’s important to maintain our representation. Serving CBM demonstrates our commitment to be the best bank in Michigan, as well as ensure we are supporting the other community banks in our great state.”

Kelly Potes. Courtesy ChoiceOne Bank

Potes has been CEO of ChoiceOne since 2016, as well as a director of ChoiceOne and ChoiceOne Bank since 2015. Potes served as the president of ChoiceOne from 2015-19. Potes also has served on the Michigan Community Bank Service (MCBS) board over the years and was most recently chair of the MCBS.

Potes graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.B.A. degree in finance. He also has a certified financial planner designation. Potes is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, with a Wharton Leadership Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

“We are extremely pleased to have Mike serve as our immediate past chairman of the board for our upcoming fiscal year and to have Kelly step into the chairs over the next four years,” said Michael Tierney, CBM president and CEO. “Considering a global pandemic affecting our communities, state and country in the (past) two years, Mike did an outstanding job representing our community bankers and Michigan. Mike and Kelly both are true community bankers and believe wholeheartedly in our mission of supporting community banks throughout our great state. We are grateful they will continue to advocate for the Community Bankers of Michigan.”

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