Walsh IT Faculty Chair Presents at Global Banking Conference

TROY, Mich., July 9, 2019—Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Chair and Assistant Professor of Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department will present at The Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) Global Banking Conference in New York City on July 12, 2019. Dr. Schippers will speak about the critical nature of consistent and persistent defense measures in cybersecurity as part of a panel including experts from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Money Laundering, Forfeiture and Bank Fraud Unit of the FBI. Thought leaders from Microsoft, The Clearing House, Visa, Deutsche Bank, and many other global organizations will also present industry updates and emerging trends during the BAFT conference.

“The complexity of our digital ecosystem requires an integrated approach to cybersecurity that is consistent and persistent,” said Dr. Schippers. “Cybersecurity today is about more than protecting data, it’s about keeping businesses running, protecting intellectual property, keeping workers safe and machinery running. We are preserving our very way of life.”

BAFT is an international banking association dedicated to providing training and education to protect the safety of the global financial system. Walsh is the only institution of higher education that is a member of BAFT.

Dr. Schippers also recently presented at the National Cyber Summit and contributed to the 2019 Technology in Industry Report along with Christopher Heiden, an associate professor in Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department.

For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decisions Sciences programs, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Chemical Bank Promotes Financial Literacy Month by Teaching Children to Save

Chemical Bank employees used their banking knowledge last month to encourage and inspire more than 8,800 students in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to become life-long savers as part of National Financial Literacy Month and National Teach Children to Save Day.

As part of Teach Children to Save Day, Chemical Bank Representatives provided basic financial education to second graders at schools across the Midwest. In celebration of their 100th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of the Teach Children to Save Program, Chemical Bank also ran a contest through social media where they gave out $100 gift cards for teachers to purchase schools supplies with.

“It is a pleasure working with local elementary schools to educate and inspire students to become regular savers,” stated James Robinson, Chemical Bank’s Southeast Region President. “Our Teach Children to Save Program introduces children to the concept of saving in addition to developing skills for financial success as our employees work to improve the overall quality of life in the communities we serve.”

The classroom visits involved reading and discussing a storybook about Dollar the Silver Squirrel, Chemical Bank’s mascot. Activities following this lesson included sharing money related goals and learning how money grows with time. After the session, students were encouraged to save their money at home in a piggy bank or container and when it is full, bring it to their local Chemical Bank and deposit it into their youth savings account.

In addition to the Teach Children to Save Program, Chemical Bank actively reaches out to our youth by regularly visiting local schools, hosting student tours, participating in Junior Achievement and offering a minor savings account designed to help children learn to save. Chemical Bank’s financial literacy efforts have also led them to be recognized by the Michigan Bankers Association as Financial Literacy Award Winners. To learn more, under the About Us tab click on the Financial Literacy link at ChemicalBank.com.

Chemical Bank encourages children and their parents to visit the “For Kids” page at www.ChemicalBank.com/aboutus/for-kids to download the free Banker Jr. financial literacy mobile app. Banker Jr. teaches young children ages 2 through 12 how to set savings goals, keep track of their accounts and other money concepts via a fun and interactive learning platform!

Chemical Financial Corporation is the largest banking company headquartered and operating branch offices in Michigan. The Corporation operates through its subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 249 banking offices located primarily in Michigan, northeast Ohio and northern Indiana. At March 31, 2017, the Corporation had total assets of $17.64 billion. Chemical Financial Corporation’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issuers comprising The NASDAQ Global Select Market and the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about the Corporation is available by visiting the investor relations section of its website at www.chemicalbank.com. Member FIDC, Equal Housing Lender.

Level One Bancorp, Inc. to Enter Grand Rapids Market

Expansion reinforces Level One’s commitment to growth, community banking in Michigan

Patrick J. Fehring, President and CEO of Level One Bancorp, Inc. (Level One Bank) announced today that the bank plans to enter into the Grand Rapids marketplace.

On September 1st, Level One Bank will acquire the lease of a currently vacant bank branch property located at 2355 Burton Street SE on Grand Rapids’ east side. Over the next several months, the 7,000 square foot building will be updated and remodeled with a branch opening date scheduled for early December.

“Grand Rapids has one of the strongest and fastest growing economies in the nation, one of the lowest unemployment rates, and is well recognized as one of the best places to live in the country,” said Fehring. “We are incredibly attracted to the robust market that Grand Rapids offers for a community bank and we look forward to serving this city well with an eye toward future expansion here.”

Said Tim Mackay, Executive Vice President of Consumer Banking: “Having lived and worked in the Grand Rapids community for over a decade prior to joining Level One, it is exciting to return to my roots and once again serve this quality market and its quality people. There is a great need here for a new, Michigan-based community bank. We plan to fill that need.”

In the coming weeks, Level One Bank plans to hire 12-13 banking professionals from the Grand Rapids area, including: Commercial Lenders, Mortgage Loan Originators, Business Development Officers and other branch personnel, including a Banking Center Manager. Employment inquiries can be made at: 248-737-0300.

Level One Bank currently operates ten full-service banking centers throughout the Metro Detroit region. Level One Bank has been recognized both locally and nationally as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) ‘Community Lender of the Year’ and ‘Export Finance Lender of the Year’, Inc. Magazine’s list of 5,000 ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies in America’, one of American Banker’s ‘Best Banks to Work For’, and ranks 10th in the nation among best-performing community banks as published by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

About Level One Bank

Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank headquartered locally in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $1.0 billion. It currently operates ten full-service banking centers located throughout the Metro Detroit region. Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, leases, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management services. The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts and a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services. Level One Bank offers a variety of online banking services and a robust mobile banking application for individuals and businesses. Level One Bank offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit www.levelonebank.com.

Huntington Bank Receives National Award for Export Service Excellence

Huntington Bank Receives National Award for Export Service Excellence

Columbus, Ohio — May 21, 2013 — Huntington is a winner of the 2013 President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service. Presented by the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity. Huntington stands out as the only banking institution among a handful of corporate America’s top companies to receive the award presented at the 51st annual President’s “E” Award Ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 20 during World Trade Month.

“Huntington has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion,” said Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank in her congratulatory letter. “The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Huntington’s achievement with regional business and trade promotion groups. The company’s development of creative financing solutions for exporters was particularly compelling. Huntington’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

Among its most notable contributions to Midwest export expansion, Huntington began offering manufacturers the ability to finance foreign buyers that want to buy American products. The bank also developed an export finance capability by actuating its delegated lending authority under the U.S. Export-Import Bank Working Capital Program. Huntington has provided a mix of international services, trade services and foreign exchange since the mid-1970s and last received a President’s “E” Award in 1982.

The Midwest currently accounts for $241 billion in U.S. exports – part of the larger $2.1 trillion export-import mega market, which experienced 17.1 percent growth over the last three years. Over the next five years 87 percent of world economic growth is forecasted to take place outside of the U.S. according to the International Monetary Fund.

Capitalizing on these trends, Huntington appointed veteran international banker Sheila Spradlin Reich late last year to expand its international banking services into a unified team of trade services, foreign-owned subsidiaries and U.S. Export-Import Bank lending that operates seamlessly with Huntington’s extensive commercial banking treasury management and capital markets divisions. She has since assembled a team of specialists further aligning the bank culturally with language fluency and tailored financial expertise serving European and Latin American mid- to large-size corporates and Asian foreign-owned subsidiaries across Huntington’s footprint.

Huntington’s leadership in helping companies increase their export activity is directly tied to the bank’s broader efforts to help drive economic growth and recovery across the Midwest. It’s estimated that 5,400 direct and indirect jobs are created for every $1 billion in new exports.*

“As a Midwest company, Huntington is at the heart of the economic recovery,” said Spradlin Reich. “Exporters are playing a vital role in creating and sustaining our economy as evidenced by those who’ve weathered the recession. We’ve deepened our international banking expertise at Huntington and are committed to helping exporters and the Midwest continue to benefit from their expansion and growth.”

Huntington will expand its export-import business relationships in 2013 and beyond with plans of rolling out customized solutions including a new foreign buyer finance program that provides foreign borrowing with loans guaranteed through Export-Import Bank of the United States.

The “E” Award Program was established by Executive Order on December 5, 1961. A second level of the award is the “E Star” Award, which was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce in 1969 to recognize previous “E” Award winners for continued significant contributions to U.S. export expansion. The awards ceremony serves as a reminder that the U.S. has the best workers and the best businesses in the world, and of the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration’s continued efforts to ensure that American businesses get a fair shot in the global economy.

About Huntington
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $56 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state banking franchise: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary distribution channels include a banking network of more than 700 traditional branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,400 ATMs. Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state banking franchise area and selected other Midwest and New England states, Huntington also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail automobile financing for dealer customers.

* International Trade Administration, 2010, “Exports Support American Jobs,” Washington.

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