Board of Directors

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Kevin Nelson, Chairman of the Board

Kevin is the CEO of Northstar Financial Group, Inc., long time resident of Washtenaw County and serves as a board member for Epic Theaters, Gemini Group, Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Northstar Financial Group, Inc. and West Michigan Community Bank. 

Philip Koning, President/CEO of West Michigan Community Bank

Phil joined the Bank and the Board in May 2011. He lives in Holland and has been involved in numerous community organizations. Phil has 40 years of experience at all levels of bank management.

Lynette Drake, Director of Northstar Financial Group, Inc.

Lynette represents the ownership of the Bank and joined the Board in February 2011. She also serves as a director of Northstar Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries: Northstar Bank, Valley Financial, Inc and is also a director for Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida. She is president and chairman of the board for Gemini Group, Inc. in Bad Axe, MI. Lynette lives in Ubly, MI with her husband and children and is active in the school and community.

James Wesseling, Attorney with Wesseling & Brackmann in Hudsonville

Jim lives in Hudsonville, is very active in the community and has served on the WMCB Board since 1996.

Carlos Sanchez, Executive Director for Davenport University and President of Latino Leaders Group

Carlos has over 20 years of valuable experience building relationships in the Hispanic Community of Grand Rapids and surrounding cities. Currently he serves as Board Member and Diversity and Inclusion Committee member for the Economic Club of Grand Rapids along with serving as a Board Member and Executive Committee member for Trinity Health in Grand Rapids. Carlos is also the President of the Latino Leaders Group that was formed to continue delivering LEADeres, the only Latino-centric leadership program in West Michigan.  

Douglas F. Oberst, Owner of Heartland Agricultural Services, LLC

Formed in 1998, Heartland is an agricultural advisory firm located near Twelve Corners, Michigan, between Coloma and Benton Harbor. Before starting Heartland Agricultural Services, Doug held a Vice President position with Citizens Trust and Savings Bank in South Haven and was the Senior Vice President in charge of lending for Sanilac County Bank in Sandusky, Michigan. Doug and his wife, Gloria, reside in the Vineyards at Twelve Corners and enjoy spending time with family. Doug joined the WMCB Board in 2018.

Matt Hoeksema is President of New Holland Brewing Company, Michigan's largest independent craft brewery

Matt has over 25 years of commercial banking experience in West Michigan. He lives in Holland, Michigan with his wife, Lynn, and three children. He has been active on community boards over his career, including Junior Achievement, Holland Area Arts Council, Michigan West Coast Chamber, and the Economic Development Foundation.

Tim Hitson, Former Owner and President of Pinnacle Tool Inc.

Tim has valuable experience in building a small business and in banking. Before owning his own business, he worked in the banking industry as a credit executive and commercial lending officer. Tim joined the Board in March 2013.

Tom McCurley, Owner of Gemini Group

Tom McCurley is a graduate of Michigan State University. He is an owner of Gemini Group and has been associated with the group since 1982. Tom has also served on the board of Northstar Bank and Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida. Tom joined the WMCB Board in 2013.

Duke Suwyn, Principal and Senior Vice President of Advantage Commercial Real Estate

Duke Suwyn has been a commercial realtor for over 20 years and has a reputation of being one of the foremost industrial specialists in the West Michigan market. Community involved, Duke is on the boards and committees of organizations such as Ada Christian Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, Wedgewood Christian Services, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and Van Andel Institute. Duke joined the Board in 2016.

Rob Dwortz, Founding Partner, Become Unmistakable, Grand Rapids

Rob Dwortz has over 20 years of financial services experience, including work for banks in Chicago, Detroit and West Michigan. He founded and ran a private equity firm in Detroit prior to moving to West Michigan in 2011 to become CEO of The Bank of Holland (TBOH). He now runs local leadership training and software firm, Become Unmistakable, that helps organizations build people-centric cultures to drive performance. He is also a member of the board of directors of Grand Rapids Label Company in Grand Rapids.