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16 Apr
  Becky Irving has a Mark Twain motto taped to her computer : “Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”  It’s fair to say that Becky lives up to that motto quite easily. Becky is an insurance agent at Grand Rapids...
09 Apr
  Dan Foster, hired at Grand Rapids State Bank in September 2013, is one of two credit analysts.  As part of the business banking team, Dan and his colleague, Tina Comstock, are responsible for providing in-depth analysis of the financial...
08 Apr
  Community banking suits Jared just fine, thank you.  It fits him so well he was promoted to the position of vice president-business banking at GRSB in early September 2013. “I can’t tell you how excited I am with this new job,” said Jared.  “This...
04 Apr
Washington, D.C. -- The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and thousands of its community bank members celebrate ICBA Community Banking Month—a month full of community pride for local residents, small businesses and the community banks...
04 Apr
What do a natural gas company, an air charter service and community banking have in common?   In Grand Rapids, it’s Mike and Pat Gorham. This interview was conducted in the hangar office of Select Jet, the air charter business Mike Gorham and his...
04 Apr
In the spirit of community involvement that has characterized Grand Rapids State Bank’s 100 years of service to the area, GRSB recently organized a participated loan with four other community banks to help finance the building of an Active Living...
27 Mar
  “I grew up in the boondocks,” Denise Henderson explained.  A quick scan of the communities in which she was raised (Sand Lake, Max and Spring Lake in northern Itasca County) will confirm that she isn’t exaggerating.  She attended North Elementary...
12 Mar
  Employee profile:  Kjirstin Solberg Ringold   Kjirstin Solberg Ringold presents a very calm demeanor.  You’d never know that she is the very busy single mother of five children who range in age from 14 to 4.   Kjirstin was hired on July 1, 2013...
05 Mar
Bob and Mike Holmstrom in the Grand Rapids Marine showroom. Bob Holmstrom clearly recalls the date when he opened the doors of Grand Rapids Marine: March 15, 1978.  “I had been working with a local accountant to find a boat dealership in this area...
05 Mar
Insurance is one of those things that you don’t think about until you really need it.  So in that sense, the frequency of visits with your insurance agent is for most of us equivalent to the frequency of your doctor visits: you’d rather not be there...
05 Mar
Al Liestman knows loans.  For most of his 27-year career in the world of finance, Al has been talking about, thinking about and making loans.  “I started my career fresh out of college working for a finance company,” Al explained.  “My job was...
27 Feb
  The definition of what constitutes a large family has changed in the past generation, but by any measure, Megan Denver, GRSB’s most recent hire, grew up in a large family.  “I have 10 siblings,” explained Megan, “and I’m third to the oldest, so...
19 Feb
  Connie Halling works as an administrative assistant in the personal lending department at Grand Rapids State Bank.  “I love my job and the people I work with,” Connie offered. “We work hard but have a lot of laughs, too.  It’s a great place to...
14 Feb
  Getting close is good enough in horseshoes, but for Michael Loidolt, an avid bowler and the customer service representative/agent at Grand Rapids State Agency, achieving a perfect game in bowling has always been a goal.  Wednesday night, Michael’s...
12 Feb
 We invite all of our customers to help us celebrate our 100th birthday this year in one of the many events we’re planning during 2014.  Our next Centennial event will coincide with the Downtown Business Association’s First Friday art walk on Friday...
12 Feb
Don’t look now, but cyber fraud is a hot topic for businesses and consumers right now.  Business owners are more aware than ever that protecting themselves from fraudsters is critical, and customers expect that businesses are taking reasonable...
12 Feb
 The second and third generations of Maki Body and Glass agree on at least one thing: technology has made huge changes in their business.  Brian Maki, the owner, and his son, Dylan, both have seen developments in their business that have challenged...
11 Feb
  Brittany Adams, a native of Grand Rapids, was hired as a GRSB teller on December 10, 2013.  She is just emerging from the intensive training period that all tellers at GRSB experience, and she finds the job interesting. “The days go by fast,” said...
30 Jan
Congressman Rick Nolan visited GRSB this afternoon to meet with area community bankers. Tiered regulation (regulating small community banks differently than large multinational banks) was a key topic.  Bankers from the region explained the...
30 Jan
  Anastasia Noble’s mother likes unique names, and it shows.  Ana, as she is commonly known around the teller line, was hired October 8, 2013, and she “loves it.”  When you talk with Ana about her likes and dislikes, you don’t leave the conversation...

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