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Union Bank

Michael Kozak Takes the Helm as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer

Grand Rapids, Michigan – January 12, 2024 - Union Bank is thrilled to announce the appointment of Michael Kozak as the new Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer.

Kozak, who initially joined Union Bank in September 2022 as Vice President, Commercial Banker, has been an integral part of the Union Bank team, contributing over 30 years of expertise in banking, operations, underwriting, business development, and relationship management.

In his previous role, Kozak worked collaboratively with the Bank's branch management, commercial, and customer service teams, building strong relationships and optimizing the customer experience. He also led all lending and depository efforts for Cannabis-Related Businesses, played a key role in developing Small Business Administration and credit enhancement products, and oversaw Treasury Management efforts for commercial customers.

In May 2023, Michael Kozak transitioned to Vice President, Director of Commercial Business Development, showcasing his exceptional leadership and business development skills. Now, as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Kozak will direct all departmental activities related to the extension of Mortgage and Commercial credit to bank customers in addition to Cannabis-Related Business and Treasury Management banking.

Expressing his dedication to Union Bank's mission, Kozak stated, "I am honored to take on this new role and continue contributing to the success of Union Bank. Our commitment to supporting local businesses and hard-working individuals aligns with my passion for fostering growth and success in our community. Together, we will build on the legacy of Union Bank as a truly local, independent institution.”

A highly motivated, results-oriented senior-level professional with the ability to demonstrate sustainable and measurable results, Kozak is a recognized professional with experience that includes business development, middle-market and business banking relationship supervision, portfolio management, sales force management, budget planning, and profit/loss management. His demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems, drive, and manage growth, as well as develop sales and marketing strategies, further strengthens Union Bank's leadership team.

Cortney Collison, President, Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, welcomed Kozak's appointment, saying, "On behalf of the Board of Directors and Senior Management, I would like to congratulate Michael on his new role and wish him every success. His proven leadership and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of our institution. We look forward to the positive impact he will have on our customers and the community."

Union Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Financial Corporation and operates full-service banking offices in Ada, Dimondale, Grand Rapids, Hastings, Mulliken, Lake Odessa, Portage and Westphalia. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. (NMLS# 488568)      

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