The Michigan Bankers Association Announces 2022 Banker of the Year,
Timothy Jewell, President & CEO, Eaton Community Bank 

The Michigan Bankers Association (MBA) congratulates Timothy Jewell, President & CEO, Eaton Community Bank as the 2022 Banker of the Year. The MBA Board of Directors recognizes an industry leader as the MBA Banker of the Year based on their commitment to the Michigan Bankers Association, contributions to the industry, success of their bank, and a strong record of community service. 

"Tim Jewell is most deserving of this honor. He has dedicated his career to Michigan banking and the development of our industry's future bankers," stated T. Rann Paynter, MBA President, and CEO. "Tim is a leader in our industry. He has been devoted exclusively to community banking and exemplifies the professional and leadership qualities set forth in the criteria for the nominees for the award. I’m grateful to Tim for his advice and guidance as a board member and past chairman of the MBA.” 

A third-generation community banker, Tim started his career during high school and college working as a teller and servicing ATM’s. After graduation from Western Michigan University, he joined the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, then the regulator of federal thrifts, as a field examiner. After two years as an examiner, Tim worked for two banks in the Detroit area as a commercial credit manager, commercial loan operations manager and commercial loan officer.

In 1999, Tim returned to his hometown of Charlotte to join Eaton Community Bank. He spent six years learning the business, including serving as a Mortgage Loan Officer and Chief Lending Officer, before being appointed President in 2005. During his tenure, Tim has guided the institution through a transition from traditional thrift to a more modern banking institution. This transition has included a complete re-write of policies and procedures, modernization of all processes and systems, expansion of services and product offerings including commercial banking and implementation of formalized compliance, risk management, asset liability management and human resource practices. More recently, Tim guided the bank through its first acquisition and, building on the strengths of the acquired institution, the introduction of consumer lending.

Being a mutual association, Eaton Community Bank has always approached business with a cooperative mindset including vigorous support for trade associations. Upon joining the Bank, Tim became involved with the Michigan League of Community Banks and America’s Community Bankers, the state and national thrift trade associations at that time. These trade associations subsequently merged into the Michigan Bankers Association and American Bankers Association and Tim has become active in both. At the state level, he previously served on the board of the Perry School of Banking, and he currently serves on the boards of the MBA Service Corporation and the MBA Board. He also encourages Eaton Community Bank’s staff to participate in the MBA, and they are active on several MBA committees. Eaton Community Bank has one of the highest participation rates in the service corporation’s products and services, utilizes the association’s educational offerings, and supports the PAC. At the national level, Tim has served on both the ABA’s Government Relations Council and the ABA’s Community Bankers Council. He has participated in multiple visits to Capitol Hill to advocate for the industry. 

“The Michigan Bankers Association has made an outstanding choice in electing Tim Jewell as Banker of the Year,” said William B. Kessel, MBA Chairman, President & CEO, Independent Bank. “Tim is a leader in the banking industry and is committed to his community. Eaton Community Bank has had great success and growth under Tim’s leadership which is a testament to his abilities.”