Comerica Bank’s new regional president probably suffered a bit of a weather shock upon arriving in Michigan.
Bryce E. Tallant — formerly vice president for Florida in the middle market banking group for Comerica — returned to Michigan last month to head up the lakeshore operation.
Tallant has 30 years of banking experience and was the vice president for Grand Rapids in the middle market banking group in 2002.
He is replacing T. Bruce Fox, who announced his retirement from the Muskegon position.
The Muskegon market is "very important" to Comerica, said Michael L. Cope, senior vice president of business banking at Comerica.
"It has deep, deep roots for us, so it was important to make sure we had a very smooth and quick transition when Bruce decided to hang up his cleats," Cope said. "And we decided Bryce was a great fit.”
Cope said the move is a bit of a homecoming for Tallant.
“This is a great growth opportunity for him,” Cope said. “Actually, it is a really good fit for everybody. Bryce worked for Bruce for a number of years before he went down to our Florida market and worked in my department at that time. So he’s very familiar with the loan group, the people, the department and what we do in Muskegon and what we support.”
As regional president, Tallant will work with representatives throughout the bank to ensure Comerica is meeting client needs and serving the Muskegon and West Michigan communities. Tallant will also serve as group manager for business banking clients in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Midland and the lakeshore communities.
“He has a really great work ethic and epitomizes the relationship-banking model we talk about,” Cope said. “Our clients and employees are very, very important to him and that relationship model is kind of what he lives and breathes.”
Comerica Bank has been active in reaching out to the community.
The bank has donated more than $220,000 to United Way of the Lakeshore since 1998, not including employee contributions, said Kathleen Pitton, a spokesperson at Comerica.
The bank has also supported Mercy Health in Muskegon at the cancer center and made charitable donations to the Muskegon community.