Jim Bayak Joins Northwestern Bank

PETOSKEY, MICH., June 18, 2013—Northwestern Bank announced that Jim Bayak has joined the bank as vice president and commercial lender. Previously, he served as commercial lender at another financial institution in Petoskey. Jim brings more than 24 years of business and banking experience to Northwestern, many in northern Michigan.

Jim earned his undergraduate degree at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and is a 2012 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI. He is an active community member in Emmet County, serving on various boards and committees. Jim has lived in northern Michigan for several years with his wife Karen and daughter, Emma.

Northwestern Bank was chartered in 1955 and is now the largest independent community bank in northern Michigan. A growing financial institution with more than $840 million in assets, the bank is one of the leading mortgage, consumer, and commercial lenders in the region. Based in Traverse City, Northwestern Bank offers complete banking, investment and trust, and employee benefit services from 28 offices throughout northern Lower Michigan. Northwestern is known for its "I can do that!" approach to service, which empowers employees to make decisions on the spot to meet customer needs and exceed their expectations.

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