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Isabella Bank’s Barz named Banker of the Year

04-05-132013BankeroftheYear-Rick Barz 2011The Michigan Bankers Association (MBA) has selected Richard J. Barz, CEO of Isabella Bank Corporation in Mount Pleasant, as its 2013 MBA Banker of the Year.

“We are proud to honor Rick Barz as the MBA Banker of the Year. His dedication to the banking industry, his community and the MBA has been exemplary,” said Dennis Koons, President and CEO of the Michigan Bankers Association.

Each year, the MBA Board of Directors, made up of bank CEO’s from around the state, recognizes a banker as the MBA Banker of the Year based on their commitment to the Michigan Bankers Association, contribution to their bank, service to other banks and a strong record of community service.

“It is an amazing honor to be selected as the MBA Banker of the Year,” said Barz. “It would not have been possible without the exceptional team here at Isabella Bank who work hard everyday to provide quality services to our customers and the community.”

Barz will be honored at the MBA Annual Convention on Mackinac Island in June.

Mr. Barz celebrated his 40th anniversary with Isabella Bank in 2012. He has held several positions during his career and was named president and chief executive officer of Isabella Bank in 2001. Mr. Barz was named CEO of Isabella Bank Corporation in 2010. When he started at Isabella Bank in 1972, it had assets of $37 million. Last year, the Corporation hit a milestone by reaching $2.05 billion in assets under management. In addition, the Corporation’s net income for 2012 was $12.21 million, a 19.55% increase over the prior year.

Mr. Barz has been actively involved in the initiatives of the Michigan Bankers Association, acting as a Trustee for the MBA Perry Schools of Banking. He also participates in statewide and national legislative efforts supporting the banking industry. In the past, Mr. Barz has also been an instructor for the MBA Perry Schools of Banking, and sits on the MBA Bank Management Committee. He is passionate about the bank’s role in teaching financial literacy. Employees at the bank regularly visit classrooms to talk about budgeting and the importance of good credit. In 2012, Isabella Bank received the MBA Financial Literacy Award in recognition of these efforts.

Locally, Mr. Barz is the current chairman of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation, the Local Development Finance Authority, and is a member of the Central Michigan University Development Board as well as the CMU Research Corporation Board, Mid-Michigan Community

College – Mt. Pleasant Advisory Board and is Honorary Chair for the Campaign for Excellence. He has served as past chair of Central Michigan Community Hospital, United Way of Isabella County, Volunteer Center and City of Mt. Pleasant Planning Commission.

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