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Beyond the Banker

Meet Dan

Dan Brown was honored at a ceremony on November 21, 2019 by the Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce, as the recipient of the Community Impact Award for his commitment to excellence in the community.

Dan was nominated by a customer of Macatawa Bank who contacted the Chamber.   The customer's  son was 24 years old when Dan helped him open his first checking account.  Opening a checking account seems fairly mundane, and most of us do this before reaching adulthood. But this event was a milestone for this man's mentally challenged son, and Dan did more than open the account.  Dan took on a mentor role and eventually this young man was able to get a job and obtain more independence for himself.   The customer stated, "Not only did Dan go above and beyond to help my son, he changed the dynamic of our family for the positive." 

When the Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Janessa Smit discussed Dan's nomination with others in the community, she heard additional stories about Dan sharing his financial expertise to help others, so the decision to direct the award to Dan was an easy one.

"As a community bank, we talk all the time about how important life events are to our customers," said Jill Walcott, Macatawa Bank's Chief Retail Officer.  "We are in a unique position sometimes to really make a difference for our customers" Walcott continued. "When we can take ownership of those moments, we have the opportunity to alleviate anxiety from our customers' finances, and their lives, by providing sound advice and guidance."

Congratulations Dan Brown for receiving this award. Macatawa Bank thanks you for living out our values and principles every day. You really are making an impact.

Dan Brown accepting Community Impact Business Award


Meet Kourtney

Kourtney Diedrich has worked for Macatawa Bank as a teller for our Douglas and Lakewood branches, and also as a part of our Hub team. In 2016 she moved to a mortgage processing position and is now a Retail Lending Underwriter. "She does a great job for our team", commented Michael Thomas, "but what she does outside of work is pretty fascinating" he said.

Her personal time revolves around martial arts training  -- primarily Taekwondo (TKD). She's been training in TKD for four years, and will be presented with her 1st degree black belt on November 9, 2019. She trains at Championship Martial Arts in Holland and is also on their demonstration team, which is an elite team that performs for the community to showcase the benefits of martial arts. Kourtney started mixed martial arts (MMA) in January, focusing on Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and kickboxing, and she hopes to debut in 2020 with her first cage fight.

Diedrich shared, "I started training in Taekwondo in 2013. It helped keep me grounded and focused during some difficult times in my life. Things settled down and I took a break from training for the next 2 years. When things got even more trying in my life, I knew I needed a healthy outlet to get me through what was undoubtedly the worst time in my life and my lowest point. I went back to training in 2016, the same year I came back home to Mac, and I haven't looked back. Martial arts has saved my life and I truly believe that it is my calling and purpose. It's my passion. I've even lost 80 pounds in the process! I hope to teach Taekwondo in the future so that I can make a positive impact in people's lives and give back to the art form that has given me so much."


Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. – Roger Crawford

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