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January 30, 2013

Century Bank and Trust announces planned management transitions

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Eric Beckhusen Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors

Coldwater, MI- The Board of Directors of Century Bank and Trust is pleased to announce that Eric Beckhusen, chief executive officer of Century Bank and Trust, has been elected as Chairman of the Board as of December 31, 2012.  Beckhusen also assumes the Chairman title for the bank’s holding company, Century Financial Corporation.

To encourage this important transition, long-time chairman Robert Shedd stepped aside from these roles but remains as an active Director on the board.  “I am pleased to support this important step for Century Bank and Trust”, stated Shedd.  “It further positions our key leadership roles as the bank moves into the future.”

Eric Beckhusen

In addressing his new role Beckhusen said, “I am truly honored to take on the added responsibilities of chairman.  The combination of our dedicated Board of Directors and exceptional team of employees make it an exciting time in the company’s history to have such an opportunity.”

With almost 20 years of experience with Century, Beckhusen was elected to the Century Bank and Trust Board in March 2012 and became CEO on July 1, 2012.  His past responsibilities with the bank have included credit and loan administration, business development and overall bank management. In 2004 he was appointed Senior Vice President, a position he held until being named Executive Vice President, Senior Loan Officer in 2009.  His industry involvement and activities include the Michigan Bankers Association and Risk Management Association.

Beckhusen is a lifelong resident of the Coldwater area and joined Century Bank and Trust in 1993. He received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University in 1992 and his MBA from Indiana University in 2001, attending the IPFW campus in Ft. Wayne, IN.

Within the community, Eric is a member and past-president of the Coldwater Rotary Club, board member of Coldwater Rocket Football and coaches youth athletic teams. He and his wife Dawn have three sons.

Eric Beckhusen can be reached by phone at (517) 278-1526 or by e-mail at ericbeckhusen@centurybt.com

Eric Wynes Named President of Century Bank and Trust and Appointed To Board of Directors

Sturgis, MI- Century Bank and Trust’s Board of Directors along with Eric Beckhusen, Chairman and CEO, are pleased to announce the further implementation of the bank’s senior management succession plan.  Eric Wynes, Senior Vice President, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors and has also been named President of Century Bank and Trust effective January 3, 2013.

“This is duly earned recognition for the key leadership role Eric has in our organization,” stated Beckhusen.  “Additionally with the President of our bank deeply rooted in the St. Joseph County community, it reinforces our long-time commitment to this important area of our market.”

Eric Wynes

Wynes has nearly 20 years of experience in the banking industry.  His responsibilities while at Century have included credit and commercial lending, business development and overall bank management with specific responsibilities in the bank’s St. Joseph County market.  In January 2004 he was appointed First Vice President and Managing Officer of Operations in St. Joseph County until being named Senior Vice President in May of 2007.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the bank’s shareholders and customers in this new role.  I welcome the chance to continue building on the positive momentum our team of dedicated and energetic employees has created.” stated Wynes.  “Further, this action emphasizes Century Bank and Trust’s commitment to all of the markets we serve.”

Wynes is a life-long Michigander having moved to Sturgis to join Century Bank and Trust in 2001.  He received his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 1992.

Within the community, Wynes is a member of the Sturgis Kiwanis club, past-president of the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, board member of Sturgis Hospital, board member of SABEA, and is very active in coaching and organizing youth athletics.  He and his wife Darcy have two boys, all of whom are very active and proud to call Sturgis home.

Eric Wynes can be reached by phone at (269) 651-5491 or by e-mail at ericwynes@centurybt.com.

About Century Bank and Trust:
Century Bank and Trust was founded in 1890, as an independent community bank. As an independent community bank, Century Bank and Trust makes its business decisions locally for the continued success of its customers. Century’s goal is to keep the local area’s communities financially strong and growing and Century uses deposits to make loans to local businesses and retail customers so money stays within the community.

Specializing in building relationships with its customers and communities, Century focuses on long-term, multiple account relationships and customized products that fit customer needs.

Within the community, Century is proud to support over 250 local charities, events and organizations.

To learn more about Century Bank and Trust visit http://www.centurybankandtrust.com or call Toll Free (866) 680-2265.

Source:  News release and photos from Century Bank and Trust


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