Universal Forest elects banker to board


Mary Tuuk. Photo by Jim Gebben

Universal Forest Products has elected a banker with local ties to its board of directors.

Fifth Third Bancorp executive vice president of corporate services Mary Tuuk was elected to Universal Forest Product's board last month, expanding the board to 10 members.

Tuuk oversees legal, compliance and government affairs at the bank, and she's in charge of the growth and strategic direction of major lines of business at Fifth Third Bank of West Michigan.

She also serves as secretary on the Fifth Third board of directors.

Grand Rapids-based Universal Forest Products provides capital, management and administrative resources for companies that supply wood and wood-composite products.

“Mary’s vast experience in banking, compliance and strategic development will be a huge asset for growing our success at Universal Forest Products, Inc., and her values and integrity reflect all that we’re looking for in a board member who will help lead us into a prosperous and vibrant future,” said Universal Forest Products Board Chairman William G. Currie. “We are pleased to have her expertise, perspective and counsel at the board table.”

Tuuk background

Tuuk started her career at Old Kent Financial Corp., serving as senior vice president, corporate secretary and legal counsel until Fifth Third’s acquisition in 2001.

Since joining Cincinnati-based Fifth Third, Tuuk has served as executive vice president and chief risk officer and president/CEO of the bank’s West Michigan region.

Tuuk has been named one of the “25 Women to Watch in Banking” by American Banker Magazine since 2008.

Tuuk received her bachelor’s degrees in business and music from Calvin College and her M.B.A. and juris doctorate from Indiana University.

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