HOLLAND — A prominent long-time area banker — Tom Hilliker — has left Fifth Third Bank to join Macatawa Bank as the head of that firm’s trust services.
While with Fifth Third Bank, Hilliker was responsible for the trust and investment business lines. Prior to that he was the local city president of Michigan National Bank.
Hilliker brings 30 years of experience to his new position, with a background in institutional and personal trusts, private banking and investment services.
“Tom is very well known in the Grand Rapids market,” said Macatawa Bank’s President and CEO, Philip Koning.
“He’s a knowledgeable, experienced professional with a wonderful reputation. He’s also a natural leader and an excellent manager. We’re extremely pleased that he’s joined us.”
Hilliker said he, too, is happy about the move.
“I’m excited to be part of this young, forward-thinking organization that has enjoyed so much success in the community.
“Trust is not only an important part of our business, it’s important to the marketplace, too,” Hilliker added.
“We have a nucleus of high-quality, talented individuals who are very client-centric, and our goal is to build relationships.
“Our strength is our ability to identify our clients’ needs and find the proper solutions to meet those needs. I understand where the Bank wants to go, and with these building blocks in place, we’ll continue to move forward.”
A resident of Grand Rapids, Hilliker serves on the boards of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and the Grand Rapids Metro Area YMCA.
Macatawa Bank was founded in Zeeland six years ago.
The firm offers banking, trust and brokerage services via 20 branches located throughout communities in Kent, Ottawa and northern Allegan County.
One of those branches is at 126 Ottawa Ave. NW, in downtown Grand Rapids.
Macatawa also has commercial and mortgage lending plus trust offices directly across Ottawa Avenue in the Ledyard Building.
Late next year, the bank will begin consolidating all those functions in the nearby Custer Building at 45 Ottawa Ave. NW.
The bank plans to acquire the structure in April and to begin moving trust, mortgage and commercial functions into the building late next year as the current occupants’ leases expire.
The retail branch office will be the last to make its move into the Custer Building.