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James Howe named to CSB Board of Directors

 James Howe Named to Community State Bank Board of Directors, 
Succeeds His Father, Ronald Howe


ST CHARLES, MI (June 26, 2013) – Community State Bank recently announced the appointment of James Howe to the Bank’s Board of Directors. Howe is a Vice President at Star of The West Milling Co. in Frankenmuth, and has held an executive leadership role for the company for the past 10 years.  His responsibilities include an advisory role to the company’s board of directors.

 “Jim brings strong management and leadership expertise to our Board,” said Community State Bank President and CEO Robert Wolak. “He has extensive experience directing company owned facilities, overseeing property purchases and expansion of locations, supervising managers, and guiding his company’s credit department.”

 Wolak noted Howe’s participation with a management team that moved Star of The West Milling Company sales growth to $490 million from $80 million since 1998.  In addition, his experience in the agri-business community is well defined by his recent election as chairman of the Michigan Agri-Business Association Board of Directors.

 Howe has served on several boards including local, civic, church, and as a director on the Northern Star Minerals Board of Directors. He is currently a director and acting chairman of the Michigan State University GLLA (Great Lakes Leadership Academy) Board of Governors in East Lansing, Mich.

 A 1982 graduate of Michigan State University, Howe joined Star of The West Milling Co. right out of college.  “I was blessed to be able to attend the old Green and White for an advanced education,” James Howe said.  But credits his father for teaching him what is important to know to guide him through life. Howe will replace his father, Ronald Howe, who retired from the Community State Bank Board of Directors earlier this year.

 “Following my dad on the Board of Directors of Community State Bank is a privilege and honor,” James Howe noted. “A few of the important things I have learned from dad include ‘treat everyone with respect – it doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO or an entry level person.  We all have a job to do and we all have to do our job.’ That is some of the best advice given to me.”

 Community State Bank is a locally owned and operated full service financial institution. Headquartered in St. Charles, the Bank has eight neighboring branches – St. Charles, Thomas Township, Birch Run, Chesaning, Montrose, Flushing, Albee and New Lothrop. Community State Bank has been serving the community for over 70 years. For more information, please visit or call the Bank at 989-865-9945.