Kara Mead is Southern Michigan Bank and Trust's new Vice President / Commercial Loan Officer and Marshall Branch Manager.   

Kara began her banking career over nineteen years ago as Assistant Manager of Bank One in Battle Creek. For the past fifteen years, Kara had been developing business and building customer relationships as the Financial Center Manager at Fifth Third Bank in Battle Creek. She studied Business Management and has been the recipient of several banking awards recognizing her excellent customer service skills, sales growth and profitability, and leadership in employee management. Her responsibilities will include commercial lending and business development within the Calhoun County market and management of branch operations for Southern’s branch in Marshall.

Doug Kiessling, Regional Vice President/Commercial Loan Manager stated, “We are very excited to have Kara join our organization and bring her commercial lending skills to the Marshall community.  Her prior banking experience, knowledge of the community, energy and enthusiasm make her an excellent addition to Southern.”

Mead has been a resident of Calhoun County for sixteen years along with her husband, Tony, a Battle Creek native, and their two children. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, volunteered at the Food Bank of Southwest Michigan, and taught many financial education classes through various avenues some of which were within the school system, The Haven of Rest, KPEP, and the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center in Battle Creek.

Southern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Coldwater, Michigan.  Its subsidiary bank, Southern Michigan Bank & Trust, operates 16 branches within Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties and provides a broad range of consumer, business and wealth management services throughout the region. For more information, please visit the Southern Michigan Bank & Trust website at www.smb-t.com.