TROY, Mich., April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- First Michigan Bank today announced that it was changing its name to Talmer Bank and Trust. Talmer Bank and Trust is a growing community-oriented depository institution serving the financial needs of individuals and businesses in communities throughout the Midwest.
The name Talmer is a derivation of the names of the grandfathers of the Bank's founders, Gary Torgow and David Provost. They were determined to continue the legacies of their grandfathers---one a missionary in Asia and the other a prominent lawyer and author who help the underprivileged. These two remarkable humanitarians never met but shared a common purpose---enriching the lives of their communities. The grandsons honor that work with a Bank that combines their grandfathers' names, Talmage and Merzon, and continue their legacy of community, integrity and service.
"While Talmer is a different kind of name for a bank, customers will find we are a different kind of Bank. We take our commitment to the communities we serve very seriously, because in the wake of the challenges faced by the banking industry over the past few years, we understand how critically important the role of a community-oriented bank is in driving the growth and vitality of the areas it serves," said David T. Provost, chairman of Talmer Bank and Trust.
"I can think of no better examples of commitment to that spirit of community building than those displayed by our grandfathers. Whether it was building schools and places of worship in Asia, like David's grandfather, or serving as a pillar for the community while practicing law, like my grandfather, these talented, yet humble men consistently put others' interests above their own. We are honored to continue that spirit," said Gary Torgow, chairman of First Michigan Bancorp, Inc.
Talmer Bank and Trust will continue to honor and process checks, wires, and other electronic transactions drawn on and made payable to First Michigan Bank. Talmer Bank customers may continue using their existing checks and ATM, debit, and credit cards.
Talmer Bank and Trust is a locally-operated financial institution that provides highly personalized financial services to individuals, professionals and their businesses with 51 locations in Michigan and Wisconsin. Long-term relationships are developed with clients by providing customized banking and investment solutions ideally suited to their evolving financial needs. Please visit our website at www.talmerbank.com for additional information.