Fussman promoted to Assistant Vice President

03-13-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Suzi Fussman to Assistant Vice President effective January 1, 2019. As assistant vice president, Suzi will continue to perform a variety of daily accounting and financial reporting tasks.

“Suzi is very committed to her job, team, and the Bank. Her skills and experience are great assets to all of us at the Bank.” stated Schwind.

Fussman earned her associates degree in accounting from Mid-Michigan College and her bachelor degree from Northwood University. She is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Team Development Program and is currently attending the Perry School of Banking at Michigan State University. Suzi has 30 years of banking experience, spending the last 20 years with Isabella Bank. Suzi and her husband, David, reside in Lake Isabella with their three children, Alexandria, Jacob, and Addison. Suzi enjoys camping, spending time with her family, and being actively involved in her children’s school activities.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.5 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Hopkins promoted to Commercial Credit Officer

02-28-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Kelly Hopkins to Commercial Credit Officer effective January 1, 2019. As commercial credit officer, Kelly will continue to manage the daily operations of the commercial credit department.

“Kelly’s dedication to continuous improvement and teamwork shows each day. She has a strong commitment to her team, the Bank, and the community.” stated Schwind

Hopkins earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. Kelly graduated from Perry School of Banking at Michigan State University where she earned the Outstanding Student Award. During her tenure at Isabella Bank, she completed the Dale Carnegie Team Development Program. She has been in banking nine years, working as an accountant for two years, and spending the last seven years in commercial credit. Kelly serves her community in many ways. Most recently, she served as Treasurer for the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center and coaching Girls on the Run. Kelly and her husband, Jonathan, reside in Mount Pleasant with their two dogs.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.5 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Watson Welcomed as Trust Advisor in the East Division

02-28-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank welcomes Tricia Watson as Trust Advisor. Tricia will serve the trust and estate needs of customers in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

“I am pleased to have Tricia join our Trust team. It is exciting to have someone with her caliber of trust knowledge represent us in the Great Lakes Bay Region. I am confident she will take great care of our customers and their families,” stated Schwind.

Watson earned her associates degree from Mott Community College and her bachelors of business administration from Northwood University. She is an Accredited Fiduciary Investment Manager from Cannon Financial Institute and a Certified Fund Specialist from the Institute of Business and Finance. Tricia has 27 years of banking experience, spending the last 25 years in the trust area.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.6 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Vondette promoted to Commercial Loan Officer

02-28-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Justin Vondette to Commercial Loan Officer effective January 1, 2019. As commercial loan officer, Justin will continue to service the commercial lending needs of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

“Justin has continued to grow in the financial industry. He is committed to his community, understanding his customers’ needs and being a trusted advisor,” stated Schwind.  

Vondette earned his bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Justin graduated from the Michigan Bankers Association Commercial Lending School, Midwest Agricultural Banking School, and Dale Carnegie Team Development and Trusted Advisor Programs. He is currently attending Leadership Saginaw. Justin has six years of banking experience; he spent three years enjoying commercial credit analysis, and spending the next three years in commercial lending. Justin volunteers his free time with the Midland and Saginaw Young Professionals Network, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity. He resides in Shields and looks forward to continuing to serve the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.5 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Schroeder promoted to Mortgage Loan Officer

02-28-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Sue Schroeder to Mortgage Loan Officer effective January 1, 2019. Sue will continue to work with people in the Canadian Lakes area for their mortgage, refinancing, or home equity needs.

“Sue is dedicated to her customers and the mortgage industry. Her skills and experience not only are an asset to the Bank, they help people get into their homes,” stated Schwind.

Schroeder earned her bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University. Sue is a graduate of Perry School of Banking at Central Michigan University, Dale Carnegie Team Development and Trusted Advisor Programs, and Leadership Mecosta. She has been a Mortgage Lender for 16 years. Sue actively serves her community at the Mecosta Senior Center, God’s Helping Hands, and a member of the Mecosta County Chamber. Sue and her husband, Brad, reside in Barryton. Sue has two children, Haley and Michael Mercer.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.5 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Bramer promoted to Agricultural Loan Officer

02-28-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Marisa Bramer to Agricultural Loan Officer effective January 1, 2019. As agricultural loan officer, Marisa will continue to serve the agricultural needs of Breckenridge and surrounding areas.

“I am very proud of Marisa’s dedication to serving the agricultural lending needs of her community. Marisa’s strong commitment to serving her community along with her dedication to the financial industry is impressive,” stated Schwind.  

Bramer earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. During her tenure at Isabella Bank, she has completed the Dale Carnegie Team Development and Trusted Advisor Programs. She is a graduate of the Michigan Farm Bureau ProFILE Leadership Program. Marisa has 14 years of banking experience, spending nine years in credit underwriting, and four years in lending. She is very active with Gratiot County Farm Bureau and Michigan Farm Bureau, the Gratiot County Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, and Breckenridge Public Schools. Marisa and her husband, Scott, have two children, Sophia and Isaac. They reside in Merrill.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.5 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Steib promoted to Freeland Branch Officer

02-27-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Harry Steib to Freeland Branch Officer effective January 1, 2019. As branch officer, Harry will continue to manage the daily operations of the Freeland branch, while servicing the retail lending needs of the Freeland area.

“I am thankful for Harry’s involvement and dedication to the Freeland community and our Bank. He cares for his team and customers. He truly is a trusted advisor for the Freeland community,” stated Schwind.

Steib earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. He graduated from the Perry School of Banking at Michigan State University and completed the Dale Carnegie Team Development and Trusted Advisor Programs. Steib actively serves his community as vice president of the Freeland Chamber, 2nd vice president of the Freeland Lions Club, and board member of Junior Achievement, and Saginaw Community Reinvestment Act Banker Forum. Harry and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, Tyler and Quinton. They reside in Freeland.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.5 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Acker promoted to Collections Officer

02-25-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Tama Acker to Collections Officer effective January 1, 2019. Acker will continue to create debt solutions and work with customers on repayment plans.

“I am proud of Tama’s dedication to our customers and Isabella Bank. She is committed to helping our customers find financial solutions that fit their need or situation,” stated Schwind.

Acker earned her associate’s degree in accounting from Davenport University. She started her banking career in 1979 in Austin, Texas prior to moving to Michigan. She has been with Isabella Bank since 2001. Tama and her husband, David, reside in Wheeler. They have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.5 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Mease promoted to Senior Vice President HR

02-21-2019

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Patrick Mease to Senior Vice President of Human Resources effective January 1, 2019. As senior vice president of human resources, Patrick will continue to oversee the daily operations of the human resources department and organizational development of the Bank.

“Over the last several years, Patrick has continued to grow into a strong leader. I am proud of his commitment to continuously improve himself, his team, and the organization,” stated Schwind.

Patrick earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University. During his tenure at Isabella Bank, he has completed the Dale Carnegie Team and Executive Development Programs. He has earned two prestigious designations within the human resources industry, Senior Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional. Mease has 18 years of banking experience, 15 of those serving in HR. He is a member of the Mount Pleasant Optimist Club. Patrick and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Grace and Sam. They reside in Mount Pleasant.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.6 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Barz Retires from Isabella Bank Corporation Board

02-08-2019

Jae A Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer of Isabella Bank, (ISBA), announced today that Richard (Rick) J. Barz has retired from the Board of Directors after 18 years of dedicated service.

“Rick has served as a loyal steward of our brand for several years. We are thankful to Rick for his commitment and ongoing guidance. Rick’s experience, involvement, and deep understanding of community banking have been instrumental in the success of the Bank,” stated Evans.

Barz, retiring from Isabella Bank in January 2014, spent his entire career at Isabella Bank, the last several years of his tenure as President and CEO. Barz said his 46 years with Isabella Bank were very rewarding. “I had great mentors, customers, and co-workers who helped me understand the positive role we, as bankers, have in the growth and development of our communities,” stated Barz.

Barz is currently a member of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation Board, Union Township Economic Development Authority, New Venture Competition mentor and advisor at Central Michigan University, and active member of the Mount Pleasant Community Church. Rick and his wife, Mary, reside in Mount Pleasant.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.6 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Graebner promoted to Commercial Officer

02-06-2019

Brian Goward, Isabella Bank President – Breckenridge Division, announced the promotion of Alicia Graebner to Commercial Loan Officer effective January 1, 2019. In her new role, Alicia will serve the lending needs of the commercial and agricultural customers in Breckenridge and the surrounding areas.

“Alicia is an asset to the Breckenridge and Hemlock community,” stated Goward. “Her passion for the community, local businesses, and the ag community make her a great fit for our customers.”

Alicia earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwood University. She is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Team Development Program, Wisconsin Bankers Association Agricultural Lending School, and Isabella Bank’s Professional Development Program. She has been in banking since 2014, working as a financial analyst and commercial credit analyst. Alicia enjoys volunteering her time as the Vice President of the Hemlock Business Association and Financial Literacy Volunteer for Junior Achievement. Alicia and her husband, Steven, reside in Freeland. They are members of the Zion Lutheran Church of Freeland, and enjoy spending time with their two dogs, traveling, snowboarding, and Michigan summers.

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.6 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Scoby promoted to Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loans

03-08-2018

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Paul Scoby to Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loans and Business Development.

Scoby earned his bachelor of science in business administration from Central Michigan University. He has also graduated from the Dale Carnegie Team Development and High Impact Leadership programs, Rollie Denison Leadership Institute, Leadership Mecosta, and the Michigan Bankers Association Perry School of Banking. Scoby joined Isabella Bank in 2001. He serves his community as a Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, Mount Pleasant Parks & Recreation youth sports coach and as a Kids Hope USA mentor. He is also actively involved as a member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant. Paul and his wife, Sarah, reside in Mount Pleasant with their two children.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations and a loan production office throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.53 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

400 Employees Volunteer with Local Organizations

10-02-2018

Isabella Bank employees are turning their Compassion into Action on Monday, October 8. All Isabella Bank locations will be closed to allow employees to volunteer with one of two local organizations, Habitat for Humanity of Saginaw-Shiawassee Counties or United Way of Montcalm-Ionia Counties.

Volunteering and giving back is part of the culture at Isabella Bank. In 2017, employees donated over 8200 hours to 560 different organizations across the Isabella Bank footprint. The idea to dedicate an entire day to making a positive difference came after recognizing the incredible impact employees make locally. Allowing all employees to get involved empowers their sense of purpose and makes them feel more connected to neighbors and community.

Over 400 employees have selected one of two community service projects.

  • The Habitat for Humanity project participants will work on revitalizing Bliss Park and several area Habitat for Humanity homes within Saginaw County. Teams will be renovating 14 area properties. Work will include cleaning out vacant homes, painting, and cleaning up yards.
  • The United Way project participants will help assemble food packs for the hungry. Work to include sorting, packing, and loading 50,000 meals for the hungry in Montcalm, Isabella, and Mecosta Counties in partnership with the Michigan Food Bank.

“I am thrilled with the level of commitment and enthusiasm we are receiving from our employees,” commented Jae Evans, CEO of Isabella Bank. “Our employees are dedicated to giving back to the community, and I look forward to the impact they will make.”

Isabella Bank ATMs, online, mobile, and telephone banking are all available 24/7. All locations will re-open with regular business hours on Tuesday, October 9.

About Isabella Bank

Isabella Bank has 30 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.53 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past five years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

About Saginaw - Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity

Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization founded on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, repairing, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

About United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties

United Way Montcalm – Ionia County is committed to being a good steward of the community and to be a catalyst for change that mobilizes a caring community to improve people’s lives. United Way Montcalm – Ionia Counties envisions a community united to create better opportunities where everyone achieves their potential through quality education, financial stability, and healthy lifestyles. United Way Montcalm – Ionia Counties provides leadership and resources to improve the quality of life in our community by generating revenue, creating awareness and engaging volunteers to support the programs and services of our affiliate agency partners.

Colthorp promoted to Assistant Vice President, Hemlock

03-08-2018

Brian Goward, Breckenridge Division President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Nora Colthorp to Assistant Vice President of the Hemlock branch. Nora is responsible for overseeing the Hemlock branch operations and servicing consumer and commercial loan needs. 

Colthorp earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.  She graduated from the Michigan Bankers Association Branch Manager Program and several Dale Carnegie Programs.  Currently, she is attending the Perry School of Banking at Michigan State University.  Colthorp joined Isabella Bank in 1996.  Previously, she served as a mortgage processor, underwriter, loan officer, and most recently, branch manager.  Colthorp is actively involved in her community serving as the Hemlock Lions Club treasurer, Hemlock Business Association vice president, Lafayette Township board member, and treasurer for the Breckenridge Community Schools Board. Nora and her husband, Dave, reside in Breckenridge.  They have two children.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations and a loan production office throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.53 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Moore promoted to Clare Branch Officer

03-08-2018

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Scott Moore to Clare Branch Officer. Scott is responsible for overseeing the Clare branch operations and servicing consumer loan needs. 

Moore earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. He graduated from the Dale Carnegie Executive Leadership and Trusted Advisor programs. Moore joined Isabella Bank in 2013. He has 25 years of banking experience including business development, commercial lending, and most recently branch manager. He is actively involved in Clare County, serving on the Pioneers are Leaders committee, and board member for the Clare Rotary and Clare Industrial Development board. Scott and his wife, Liz, reside in Clare with their two children.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations and a loan production office throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.53 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Vondette promoted to Saginaw and Midland Commercial Lender

03-07-2018

Michael Colby, President of Isabella Bank East Division announced the promotion of Justin Vondette to Commercial Lender for Saginaw and Midland.

Vondette earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University. He is a graduate of the Michigan Bankers Association Commercial Lending School, Midwest Agricultural Banking School, and completed the Dale Carnegie Trusted Advisor Program.

Vondette has been with Isabella Bank since 2012, serving as a commercial credit analyst, commercial and ag lender. Vondette volunteers his time with United Way and is eager to get involved in the Midland and Saginaw Young Professionals.  He resides in Shields.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations and a loan production office throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.53 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Matthews named Chief Credit Officer

02-16-2018

Jerome Schwind, President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Greg Matthews to Chief Credit Officer. 

Matthews earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and the Dale Carnegie Team Development Program.  Matthews joined Isabella Bank in 2013, serving as their Commercial Credit Administrator.  He has been in the banking industry for 31 years, spending 20 years in commercial lending and 11 years in credit administration.  Greg resides in Mount Pleasant, with his wife, Charlene.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations and a loan production office throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.53 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Wayne Promoted to Branch Supervisor

07-07-2017

Keith Kenney, President of Isabella Bank Mecosta Division is proud to announce the promotion of Katie Wayne to Big Rapids East Branch Supervisor.  Her primary responsibilities include helping the local community with their banking needs and overseeing the daily branch operations. 

Wayne has three years of banking experience.  She earned her Bachelors of Advertising from Ferris State University and a certificate in Direct Marketing. 

In addition to her professional achievements, she is the treasurer and committee member of Cub Scout 174.  Katie and her two sons, Benjamin and Bradley, reside in Reed City.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations and a loan production office throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.43 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

ISBA Announces Third Quarter 2017 Dividend

08-24-2017

Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA), announced today that the Board of Directors of the Corporation declared a third quarter cash dividend of $0.26 per common share at its regular meeting held on August 23, 2017.  The dividend will be payable on September 29, 2017 to shareholders of record as of September 27, 2017.  Based on ISBA’s closing stock price of $28.25 as of August 23, 2017, the annualized cash dividend yield is 3.59%.

 “I am pleased to announce our third quarter dividend which represents a 4.00% increase over the cash dividend paid for the third quarter of 2016. The Bank’s continued efforts of exceptional customer service and community support are key drivers to the Corporation’s 2017 success”, commented Jae A. Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer of Isabella Bank Corporation.

 Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Isabella Bank Corporation is the bank holding company for Isabella Bank.  Founded in 1903 with a focus on community banking, Isabella Bank operates 29 banking offices and a loan production office in seven counties including Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Montcalm, and Saginaw.

 For more information about Isabella Bank Corporation, visit the Investors link at www.isabellabank.com.  Isabella Bank Corporation common stock is quoted on the OTCQX tier of the OTC Markets Group, Inc.’s electronic quotation system (www.otcmarkets.com) under the symbol “ISBA.”   The Corporation's market maker is Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. (www.boenninginc.com).

This press release includes forward-looking statements. To the extent that the foregoing information refers to matters that may occur in the future, please be aware that such forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results. Additional information concerning some of the factors that could cause materially different results is included in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Forward-Looking Statements" set forth in Isabella Bank Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Public Reference facilities and from its website at www.sec.gov.

Schultz Joins Isabella Bank as Saginaw Mortgage Originator

08-18-2017

Michael Colby, President of Isabella Bank East Division announced the addition of Laura Schultz as Mortgage Originator.

Schultz earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Baker College in Flint and completed the Dale Carnegie Team Development Program.  She has been in the banking industry for over 21 years, holding various positions including underwriter, processor, and loan originator.  Schultz is an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, Community Action with the Saginaw Board of Realtors, Christmas Drive for Kids, and the Backpack Program through Department of Health Services.  Laura resides in Birch Run with her husband.  She has one daughter who lives in Mount Pleasant.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations and a mortgage origination office throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.48 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Powell Promoted to Branch Manager

06-16-2017

Keith Kenney, President of Isabella Bank Mecosta Division is proud to announce the promotion of Dee Powell to Branch Manager of Remus.  Her primary responsibilities include helping the local community with their banking needs and overseeing the daily branch operations. 

Powell has four years of banking experience, including the last two years as Big Rapids East Branch Supervisor.  Powell earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology (Cum Laude) from University of South Carolina, Associates of Arts in Business Administration from Lansing Community College, and is working on her MBA program from Central Michigan University.  Powell has completed the Dale Carnegie Team Development Process and American Bankers Association Supervisor Program.

In addition to her professional achievements, she volunteers at St. Michael’s Parish, Mecosta County Commission on Aging, teaches financial literacy at local schools, and is a coach and volunteer for Special Olympics Michigan.  Dee and her husband, Chris, reside in Remus.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations and a loan production office throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.43 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Schmidtke Joins Isabella Bank as Canadian Lakes Branch Manager

03-24-2017

Keith Kenney, President of Isabella Bank Mecosta Division is pleased to welcome Laurie Schmidtke, Branch Manager of Canadian Lakes.  Her primary responsibilities will include helping the local community with their banking needs and overseeing the daily branch operations. 

Schmidtke has over 30 years of banking experience, including the last twelve years as a branch sales manager.  She has completed the Dale Carnegie Team Development Program. 

In addition to her professional achievements, she is eager to get involved with the Mecosta County Senior Center and Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County.

Laurie resides in the Jehnsen Lake area with her husband of 28 years, Steve.  She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, kayaking, fishing, and cross-country skiing. 

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.43 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past three years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.” To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Thielen Promoted to Vice President Consumer Loans

03-10-2017

Jerome Schwind, President and Chief Operations Officer of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Leslie Thielen to Vice President, Consumer Loans. 

Thielen’s primary responsibilities are to oversee the day-to-day activities of the department and to assist customers with their consumer lending needs.  She has been with Isabella Bank since 2004.  Leslie graduated from Central Michigan University, Michigan Bankers Association Perry School of Banking, Rollie Denison Leadership Program, and the Dale Carnegie Team Development Program.  She is a member of the Central Michigan Association of Realtors, Home Builders Association of Central Michigan, and the Finance Council at St. Joseph the Worker.  Leslie and her husband, Ben, reside in Mount Pleasant with their three children. 

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.42 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Lanning Joins Isabella Bank as Trust Advisor

02-10-2017

Jerome Schwind, President and Chief Operations Officer of Isabella Bank announced the addition of Thomas Lanning, Trust Services Advisor.  His primary responsibility will include trust services in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Lanning has 10 years of financial experience in wealth management and banking.  He holds Series 7 and Series 63 investment licenses and licensed in life and health insurance.  Thomas earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northwood University.

In addition to his professional achievements, he is actively involved at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Freeland.  Thomas and his wife, Sheri, reside in Freeland with their four children. 

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.40 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Colby Joins Isabella Bank as East Division President

01-12-2017

Jerome Schwind, President and Chief Operations Officer of Isabella Bank announced the addition of Michael Colby, East Division President.  His primary responsibilities will include the day-to-day management and community development for the Freeland, Saginaw, and Midland locations. 

Colby has 26 years of banking experience including commercial credit, corporate loan review, credit underwriting, and commercial lending.  Most recently, Colby served as the Executive Vice President Business Lending Manager for an area bank.  Colby received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.  He graduated from Great Lakes Bay Leadership Institute, Leadership Saginaw, and the 1,000 Leaders Initiative through Saginaw County Vision 20/20.

In addition to his professional achievements, Michael is an active member in the community.  He is a board member of Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works, member of the Saginaw Catholic Diocese Interparish Deposit and Loan Committee, Saginaw and Bay City Chamber of Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors, One-Hundred Club, former board chair of Children’s Zoo, and board member of the Saginaw Northwest Kiwanis.

Michael and his wife, Michelle, live in Saginaw.  They have two children in high school. 

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.40 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Hollenbeck and VanderLaan Join Isabella Bank Greenville Board

01-06-2017

David Seppala, President of Isabella Bank Greenville Division announced the appointment of Blake Hollenbeck and Kathy Jo VanderLaan to the Board, effective December 19, 2016. 

Mr. Hollenbeck has 30 years of experience in the automotive industry.  He has owned and operated Blake Hollenbeck Auto Sales since 1998.  Hollenbeck has earned the Degree of Excellence State Quality Dealer (2015), Michigan Independent Automobile Dealers Association Dealer of the Year Award (2014), and was recognized as the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year (2012).  In addition to his professional commitments, Hollenbeck is involved in the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Public Schools, and participated in the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools Career Showcase since 2001.  Hollenbeck also serves his community with several local non-profit organizations.  Blake and his wife, Shirley, reside in Sidney.  They have five daughters and two granddaughters. 

Ms. VanderLaan has 21 years of business development experience.  VanderLaan has worked as the Executive Director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, business services manager for Michigan Works, and currently serves in an economic development role for The Right Place, Montcalm Economic Alliance.  VanderLaan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Communications, and Theatre from Albion College, Associate’s degree in Fine Arts from Grand Rapids Junior College, and completed Leadership Montcalm.  She is a Certified Business Solutions Professional through Michigan Works.  She received the Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen Award (2013) from the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Danish Festival Grand Marshall (1998), and Greenville Woman of the Year (1996).  VanderLaan currently serves as the chair for Have Mercy of Ionia and Montcalm Counties.  Kathy Jo and her husband, Jim reside in Greenville.  They have two children in college.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.40 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

ISBA Announces Increase to Share Repurchase Program

12-28-2016

Jae A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA), announced that the Board of Directors at its December 21, 2016 Board meeting approved a resolution to increase its share repurchase program by an additional 200,000 shares, raising the aggregate authorization under the program to 209,557 shares. The Corporation has repurchased to date 1,233,017 shares under the existing authorization.

The authorization does not have an expiration date. Stock repurchases under the program may be made from time to time, as the Corporation deems appropriate, based on factors such as share price, market conditions, share availability, purchase needs under the Corporation's employee stock purchase and dividend reinvestment plan and other relevant factors. There can be no assurance as to the number of shares the Corporation will purchase, if any, and the program may be modified, renewed, suspended or terminated by the Corporation at any time without prior notice.

Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Isabella Bank Corporation is the bank holding company for Isabella Bank. Founded in 1903 with a focus on community banking, Isabella Bank operates 29 banking offices in seven counties including Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Montcalm, and Saginaw.

For more information about Isabella Bank Corporation, visit the Investors link at www.isabellabank.com. Isabella Bank Corporation common stock is quoted on the OTCQX tier of the OTC Markets Group, Inc.’s electronic quotation system (www.otcmarkets.com) under the symbol “ISBA.” The Corporation's market maker is Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. (www.boenninginc.com).

This press release includes forward-looking statements. To the extent that the foregoing information refers to matters that may occur in the future, please be aware that such forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results. Additional information concerning some of the factors that could cause materially different results is included in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Forward-Looking Statements" set forth in Isabella Bank Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Public Reference facilities and from its website at www.sec.gov.

Prisby Joins Isabella Bank as Vice President, Corporate Treasurer

12-16-2016

Jae Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Isabella Bank Corporation (ISBA), announced the addition of Michael Prisby, Vice President, and Corporate Treasurer.  His primary responsibilities will include the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Bank’s balance sheet strategies to ensure they are consistent with the Corporation’s long-term financial goals.  He will also oversee the management of the institution’s liquidity portfolio, investments, and asset-liability committee. 

Prisby has over 20 years in the banking and investing industry.  Prisby received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University.  In addition, he graduated from Cannon Trust School and is a board member at Citizens Savings Foundation.

Michael and his wife, January, have two daughters, Ashleigh and Emilee. 

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA).  Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.40 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past four years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces.”  To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

ISBA Announces Fourth Quarter 2016 Dividend

11-23-2016

Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA), announced today that the Board of Directors of the Corporation declared a fourth quarter cash dividend of $0.25 per common share at its regular meeting held on November 22, 2016.  The dividend will be payable on December 30, 2016 to shareholders of record as of December 27, 2016.  Based on ISBA’s closing stock price of $27.80 as of November 21, 2016, the annualized cash dividend yield is 3.53%. 

“I am pleased to announce our fourth quarter cash dividend which represents a 4.17% increase over the cash dividend paid for the fourth quarter of 2015.  We are committed to providing shareholder value which has been evidenced by our 35 consecutive years of dividend growth”, commented Jae A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Isabella Bank Corporation. 

Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Isabella Bank Corporation is the bank holding company for Isabella Bank.  Founded in 1903 with a focus on community banking, Isabella Bank operates 29 banking offices in seven counties including Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Montcalm, and Saginaw.

For more information about Isabella Bank Corporation, visit the Investors link at www.isabellabank.com.  Isabella Bank Corporation common stock is quoted on the OTCQX tier of the OTC Markets Group, Inc.’s electronic quotation system (www.otcmarkets.com) under the symbol “ISBA.”   The Corporation's market maker is Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. (www.boenninginc.com).

This press release includes forward-looking statements. To the extent that the foregoing information refers to matters that may occur in the future, please be aware that such forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results. Additional information concerning some of the factors that could cause materially different results is included in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Forward-Looking Statements" set forth in Isabella Bank Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Public Reference facilities and from its website at www.sec.gov.

ISBA Announces Third Quarter 2016 Earnings

10-27-2016

Jae A. Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA), announced the Corporation’s third quarter 2016 earnings results. The Corporation reported net income of $3.59 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. “The continued growth in our loan portfolio has led to another successful quarter,” stated Jae Evans, Chief Executive Officer for Isabella Bank Corporation. “Although the interest rate environment continues to be a challenge on our net interest margin, our growth strategies continue to deliver positive results.”

Net Income
The Corporation's third quarter 2016 net income of $3.59 million resulted in earnings per common share of $0.46, compared to $4.06 million and $0.52 for the third quarter 2015.  During the nine month periods ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, we reported net income of $10.02 million and $11.83 million, and earnings per common share of $1.28 and $1.52, respectively.  While interest income for the first nine months of 2016 increased $1.43 million in comparison to the same period in 2015, the decrease in net income and earnings per common share is due primarily to changes in the provision for loan losses.  During the first nine months of 2016, an increase in gross loans during the period of $138.87 million, offset by improvements in various credit quality indicators and increased net loan recoveries, resulted in recording a provision for loan losses in the amount of $185,000.  By contrast, during the first nine months of 2015, a reduction in gross loans during the period of $235,000, coupled with significant improvements in various credit quality indicators, resulted in a reversal of the provision for loan losses in the amount of $2.00 million. 

Assets
As of September 30, 2016, total assets increased to $1.71 billion and assets under management grew to $2.41 billion - which includes loans sold and serviced, and assets managed by the Corporation's Investment and Trust Services Department of $699.61 million.

Loans
The Corporation's $138.87 million growth in the loan portfolio over the nine month period ended September 30, 2016 was largely driven by an increase in the commercial loan portfolio of $106.47 million.  During the third quarter of 2016, the Corporation entered into a participation agreement to fund advances to mortgage originators which contributed $27.83 million of the growth in the commercial loan portfolio. Strategies the Corporation implemented during the second quarter of 2016 related to residential mortgage and consumer loans also contributed to the increased volume. Residential mortgage loans and consumer loans at the end of the third quarter 2016 were $260.12 million and $40.76 million, compared to $251.50 million and $34.70 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2015.

Net Interest Income
During the first nine months of 2016, net interest income increased $974,000 in comparison to the same period in 2015, primarily as a result of the loan growth described above which increased interest income by $1.44 million.
The Corporation's net yield on interest earning assets remained historically low at 3.00% for the nine month period ended September 30, 2016.  With no anticipated increases in short term interest rates by the Federal Reserve Bank, significant improvements in the net yield on interest earning assets are not expected in the short term.  An increase in net interest income will occur only through continued strategic growth in loans, investments, and other income earning assets. 

Dividend
During the third quarter of 2016, the Corporation paid a $0.25 per common share cash dividend which represented a 4.17% increase over the per common share cash dividend for the third quarter of 2015. Based on the Corporation's closing stock price of $27.70 as of September 30, 2016, the annualized cash dividend yield was 3.50%.

About the Corporation
Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX: ISBA) is headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and employs more than 400 individuals.  Isabella Bank, the Corporation’s banking subsidiary, has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top 100 Workplaces” for the past three years.

For further information regarding Isabella Bank Corporation, please visit isabellabank.com.


This press release includes forward-looking statements. To the extent that the foregoing information refers to matters that may occur in the future, please be aware that such forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results. Additional information concerning some of the factors that could cause materially different results is included in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Forward Looking Statements" set forth in Isabella Bank Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Public Reference facilities and from its website at www.sec.gov.

Isabella Bank Promotes Earegood to Branch Manager

8-18-2016

Brian Goward, Division President of Isabella Bank announced the promotion of Elizabeth Earegood to Branch Manager at Ithaca. Her primary responsibilities will include helping the local community with their banking needs and overseeing the daily branch operations. Barb McKenzie will remain focused on serving the needs of agricultural and commercial customers out of the Ithaca Office.

Elizabeth joined Isabella Bank in 2009. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Integrated Leadership Studies.

In addition to her professional achievements, Elizabeth has a passion for serving her community. She volunteers for a variety of community organizations including Breckenridge Community Schools and several private benefit auctions. She is eager to get involved in The United Way of Isabella and Gratiot Counties and the Ithaca community.

Elizabeth resides in St. Louis. She enjoys spending time with her dog, hunting, fishing, and enjoying nature.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.36 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past three years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of "Top Workplaces." To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Greening Joins Isabella Bank

7-21-2016

Jerome E. Schwind, President of Isabella Bank, is pleased to welcome Kathryn "Kathy" Greening, Mortgage Loan Officer for the Breckenridge area. In her position, Kathy will focus on identifying, developing, and strengthening relationships for growth in mortgage lending; while also increasing product awareness in the Gratiot County area.

Greening has been in the banking industry for 30 years with 25 years in mortgage lending. Kathy holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Delta College and has attended Davenport University.

Volunteer work is very important to Kathy. She has been very active in the Gratiot County Habitat for Humanity as a committee member for Family Selection, United Way as a board member, the Exchange Club of Gratiot County, the Women's Resource Center, the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program as a volunteer, and is also a member of the Elks Club of Alma. In addition to volunteering, Kathy enjoys doing yoga, kayaking, and biking. She lives in the Midland area.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.36 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past three years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of "Top Workplaces." To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.

Rousse Joins Isabella Bank

6-24-2016

Jerome E. Schwind, President of Isabella Bank, is pleased to welcome Tim Rousse, Mortgage Loan Officer for the Saginaw area. In his position, Tim will focus on identifying, developing, and strengthening relationships for growth in mortgage lending; while also increasing product awareness in the Saginaw area.

Rousse has been a loan officer since 1999 and has 13 years of experience in Mortgage banking. Tim attended Orange Coast College and has been in the financial services industry for 28 years. He holds a series 6 and 63 license as a certified financial advisor.

Tim is very involved in Saginaw Valley State University's (SVSU) softball. He previously held the head coach position for SVSU and took his team to the College World Series which was the only appearance in the school's history. Tim is an active volunteer at St. Catherine of Siena Church. He and his wife, Jodi, live in Bay City. They have two daughters; Mackenzie and Meredith.

Isabella Bank has 29 locations throughout seven Mid-Michigan counties and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isabella Bank Corporation (OTCQX:ISBA). Isabella Bank Corporation has $2.36 billion in assets under management and more than 400 employees. For the past three years, the Corporation has been recognized on the Detroit Free Press list of "Top Workplaces." To learn more, visit www.isabellabank.com.