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Legacy Trust, 616.454.2852
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Terri Land Joins the Legacy Trust Board of Directors
Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 12, 2015 – West Michigan business leader Terri Land has joined the board of directors for Legacy Trust and the Legacy Trust Holding Company.

Land brings more than two decades of leadership, management and public service expertise to her new role with Legacy Trust, an independent, locally owned trust bank focused on wealth management.  She joins an 11-member board of business leaders and executives within the greater Grand Rapids area.

“We are very pleased to welcome Terri to our board,” said William Walker, CEO of Legacy Trust.  “She has strong roots in West Michigan and solid connections throughout the state.  A committed public servant and business leader, Terri brings tremendous expertise and insight to her new role with us.

“As we look to continue Legacy’s growth, Terri will be able to provide the direction and leadership we need to expand our successes.”

Steve Heacock, chairman of the Legacy Trust board, stated: “We are very pleased to welcome Terri to our board.  As we look to continue Legacy’s growth, Terri will be able to provide direction and leadership to help Legacy Trust expand our successes.”

Land served two consecutive terms as Michigan’s 41st Secretary of State from 2003 to 2010.  During her tenure, which included some of the most turbulent financial times in the state’s recent history, Land was able to improve services to Michigan residents while simultaneously reducing her workforce without the need for layoffs. She spearheaded a reorganization of the department, securing cooperation from unions for reductions.

Other accomplishments during Land’s two terms included expanding online service options, revolutionizing the branch structure to create shorter lines for customers and implementing more secure and accurate election equipment across the state.  Known for her hands-on, walking-around style of management, Land was a frequent visitor at each of the 138 Secretary of States offices across Michigan, meeting with staff and the community to ensure great customer service.

Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Land served as Kent County Clerk from 1992 to 2000.  In 2011, Land and her son, Nicholas, launched Green Light Management, a property management company focused on West Michigan.  The pair has renovated older houses, duplexes and small apartment complexes, bringing new life to properties in the greater Grand Rapids and Wyoming area.

“Having grown up in a family business, I was intrigued by Legacy Trust and its commitment to this important sector of our economy,” Land said.  “Family businesses not only provide jobs, they reinvest in the communities and give back philanthropically.  Through its growing Family Office division, Legacy Trust is focused on ensuring family businesses continue to thrive in West Michigan.

“I am delighted to join the board of Legacy Trust and look forward to working with the board, Bill and his team.”

Active in the community, Land currently serves on the boards of Gift of Life of Michigan, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc. and Broadway Grand Rapids.  She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and a former commissioner on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board.

Land holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Hope College in Holland. She was presented with an honorary doctor of public service by Central Michigan University in 2007, and in 2009 Davenport University presented her with an honorary doctor of laws.

A native of Grandville, Land lives with her husband, Dan Hibma, in Byron Center.

About Legacy Trust
Legacy Trust is an independent, locally owned, Michigan-chartered bank that specializes in providing investment and wealth management services to individuals, families, foundations and nonprofits in West Michigan.  Legacy Trust delivers highly customized financial and investment solutions tailored to meet the unique situation of each client.  For more information, visit us at www.legacygr.com.

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