Mercantile Bank of Michigan is Pleased to Announce Staff Appointment

Mercantile Bank of Michigan
310 Leonard St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Contact: Monica Kreiger


Troy, MI. Monday, March 18, 2019 – Mercantile Bank of Michigan is pleased to announce an addition to its Troy Commercial Lending team with the appointment of Peter Kelly as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lender.

In this new role, Mr. Kelly will focus on strengthening Mercantile’s relationship with privately held businesses operating in Southeastern Michigan.  With 25 years of banking and commercial finance experience with middle market companies, his focus will be on Business and Commercial Real Estate lending relationships. Mr. Kelly also serves as a member of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber as well as a Catholic Youth Organization football coach at Divine Child.  He resides in Dearborn with his wife and 3 children.

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mercantile Bank of Michigan provides banking services to businesses, individuals and governmental units, and differentiates itself on the basis of service quality and the expertise of its banking staff.  Mercantile has assets of approximately $3.5 billion and operates 47 banking offices.

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


Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that James S. Brady has received the Marion Hilligan Public Service Award from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School to reflect a lifetime of community service. He was honored earlier this month during the annual Law Day luncheon hosted by the law school and the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

The Marion Hilligan Public Service Award is given in recognition of “contributions by a lawyer in public service to area governmental bodies or community organizations, reflecting greater individual responsibility in promoting public health and welfare through law.” The award is named after the law school’s first Associate Dean of its Grand Rapids campus, who made profound contributions to the school’s development.

Brady is the Office Managing Member of Dykema’s Grand Rapids office. His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, white collar investigations, criminal law, health care fraud and environmental and energy law. He is former United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan.

Outside of his practice, Brady’s involvement in the community and his reputation as a mentor are well-known. He serves as chair of Emmanuel Hospice, as a board member and former chair of St. Ann’s Skilled Nursing Home, and as a board member of Catholic Charities West Michigan. He previously taught at Cooley Law School and has acted as the past chair of the Western Michigan University Foundation and past president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school.

Brady received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, a B.S. from Western Michigan University , and is a graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 15 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit and follow Dykema on Twitter at

Plante Moran Hosts Larger-Than-Life Artprize Portrait

Southfield, Mich., Sept. 16, 2013 – In its third year as a venue, Plante Moran’s Grand Rapids office is hosting a larger-than-life portrait by Paul Welch, a Traverse City, Mich. artist who works primarily with watercolor and stained glass, during the 2013 ArtPrize competition. Welch teaches art and art history and his work with Northwestern Michigan College and the Dennos Museum have been instrumental in creating a culture of the arts in Northern Michigan. This is Welch’s first time entering the ArtPrize competition.

According to Welch, his ArtPrize entry “Face to Face,” “signifies the importance of portraiture throughout the history of art.” The 24-foot by 24-foot work was silk-screened on a canvas that is designed to withstand weathering and high wind speeds and currently is handing outside the LEED-certified Plante Moran building overlooking the Grand River and Grand Rapids Fish Ladder Park.

“We are incredibly pleased to host an ArtPrize entry again this year and look forward to bringing the conversation across the river,” said Rich Antonini, managing partner of Plante Moran’s Grand Rapids office. “Our building is a perfect venue for Paul’s work, which comments on art and the artists that create it. We hope that ArtPrize visitors will have the opportunity to explore a new part of downtown when they cross the bridge and see ’Face to Face’ at Plante Moran.”

‘Face to Face’ “embodies the struggle of all art to define the meaning of self,” and is accompanied by a poem written by Welch:

“What does an artist face day to day, in his expressive race? He comes face to face with his Intuitive pace, in time and graphic space. The Artist finally finds thru oil and struggle his creative grace in a worldly planetary space.”

In its fifth year, ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids decided solely on a public vote, runs Sept. 18-Oct. 6. Part art festival and part social dialogue, ArtPrize attracted submissions from more than 1,500 artists, and tens of thousands of supporters, globally.

About Plante Moran
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting, and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit