Chemical Bank officers named

Published 10:00 pm Monday, February 27, 2006

By Staff
MIDLAND - In conjunction with Chemical Bank's recent restructuring of its three bank charters into a single chartered institution, President and CEO David B. Ramaker is pleased to announce the appointments of James E. Tomczyk to Executive Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, Leonardo (Len) Amat to Community Bank President of Benton Harbor and Thomas S. Grant to Community Bank President of Niles.
James E. Tomczyk has been appointed Executive Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, a newly created position. Tomczyk is responsible for ensuring that the asset quality of the company remains at a high level while overseeing all aspects of credit administration, credit quality and underwriting, loan operations, in addition to, mortgage and personal lending.
He joined Chemical Bank in 1999 as Executive Vice President of Private Banking, Trust, and Investments Division before being promoted to Senior Executive Vice President in 2000. In 2002, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Chemical Bank Shoreline.
Tomczyk holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from Grand Valley State University. He is chairman of the Cornerstone Alliance Board of Directors, a Trustee of the Twin City Area Catholic Education Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for a World-Class Community.
He has served as chairman of the Board of the United Way of Southwest Michigan, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Child and Family Services and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Lakeland Regional Health Foundation.
Previous to his appointment, Len Amat served as Community Bank President of the Niles Community Bank, which consists of six branch offices in Berrien and Cass counties.
Amat served as Vice President and Regional Manager of Commercial Loans for Chemical Bank Shoreline from 1998 to 2002. He was awarded Shoreline's Outstanding Sales Performer for 2000 and 2001.
He worked as a Commercial Lender for the bank beginning in 1992. He joined Chemical Bank in 1991 as a Credit Analyst.
Amat holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance and commercial law and general business from Western Michigan University.
He is also a graduate of the American Bankers' Association National Commercial Lending School.
Amat is a current board member of the Berrien County Cancer Service, the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, the Lakeland Health Foundation of Niles, the Krasl Art Center Foundation and is serving on the Finance Council for the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo.
With Amat's appointment in Benton Harbor, Thomas S. Grant has been promoted to Community Bank President in Niles. Grant began his employment with Chemical Bank as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer in September 2005.
He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University-Bloomington. He has 20 years experience in commercial lending, including portfolio management, risk assets and credit and operations manager.
Grant has held senior level positions in commercial lending and relationship management at First State Bank of New Mexico, Wells Fargo Bank in South Bend, Ind. and 11 years commercial lending experience with the former NBD Bank in northwest Indiana.
He is involved in Cub Scouts and is on the Finance Committee at Clay United Methodist Church.
Chemical Financial Corporation is the fourth largest banking company headquartered in Michigan.
The Company operates under a single subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 124 banking locations spanning across 31 counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Chemical Financial Corporation common stock trades on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issues comprising the Nasdaq Financial 100 Index.