Van Loan Earns Banking Honor


    IONIA — Independent Bank Corp. Chairman Charles Van Loan has been selected as 2006 Banker of the Year by the board of trustees of the Robert M. Perry Schools of Banking, which is sponsored by the Michigan Bankers Association.

    Criteria for the annual Banker of the Year award includes an individual’s contribution to the success of his or her bank, service to the MBA, service to other bankers and a strong record of community service.

    Van Loan will be honored at two events: The Banker of the Year Dinner on May 11 at the Perry Banking School at Central Michigan University; and at the MBA’s annual Convention June 23 on Mackinac Island.

    Van Loan has spent the majority of his 28-year career in banking at Independent Bank. He joined the bank as vice president of personnel and branch administration in 1980. He was named president and CEO in 1993, at which time the corporation’s assets were $360 million. Under his leadership, assets have since increased to $3.4 billion.    

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