Adrian isn’t quite home for Morenci native Jeff Vereecke, but it’s getting close. When he takes charge of the Bank of Lenawee’s nine offices next year, he’ll have the feeling that he’s coming home.
With the October acquisition of the Bank of Lenawee’s holdings by First Federal, Vereecke was promoted from executive vice president of First Federal’s retail banking to president of the bank’s Northern Market.
“I’ll be putting a lot of miles on,” Vereecke said about the territory soon to be within his oversight.
In addition to the Bank of Lenawee offices in Adrian, First Federal will assume ownership of offices in Tecumseh, Hudson, Morenci and Hillsdale. First Federal offices in Montpelier, Bryan and Wauseon, Ohio, are also part of the Northern Market. The Bank of Lenawee Waldron office will be closed when First Federal takes over in March.
Vereecke has made a career out of working with First Federal. Not long after earning a finance degree from Grand Valley State University, he took a job in the banking company’s credit department in 1984.
After 10 years in the lending department, he was promoted to senior vice president and chief lending officer. In 1998 he was promoted to executive vice president of retail banking.
“I’ve spent 23 years with First Federal,” Vereecke noted, “half of my life.”
Vereecke is the only First Federal employee from the main office heading north through the acquisition. He said Bank of Lenawee clients should expect the same customer service as before, along with some new products such as wealth management, insurance and investment options.