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MBA announces 2017 Banker of the Year

William R. White, Chairman and President of Dearborn Federal Savings Bank receives praise from elected officials, colleagues and friends

Michigan Bankers Association (MBA) today announced that William R. White, Chairman and President of Dearborn Federal Savings Bank will receive the 2017 Banker of the Year award.

Each year the MBA recognizes a member banker for outstanding leadership to the MBA, the banking industry and the communities they serve.

Mr. White is also an active participant in the legislative process at the federal, state and local levels. U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Dearborn City Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. both have known Mr. White for many years and both recently wrote letters of support for his nomination.

“Over the years, Bill has demonstrated a deep commitment to the success of Dearborn Federal Savings Bank and to supporting the economic growth of southeast Michigan,” said Dingell. “At the same time, he has been a valued community leader, showing the importance of giving back and supporting those who need a helping hand.”

Dingell, who serves Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, also said, “For several decades, he has been one of Michigan’s most visible proponents in addressing banking issues; showing steady management through tumultuous times and willing to be out in front talking about the issues facing this industry.

“Bill’s leadership with numerous non-profit and civic activities has also had a lasting impact for years to come.”

City of Dearborn Mayor John B. “Jack” O’Reilly Jr. said, “I have known Bill White for more than 27 years and I have worked with him on many initiatives and events benefitting our community, our schools and our businesses. He is an integral part of our community and he recognizes the connection between doing business in a city and being truly invested in a city.”

Mr. White’s 28-year career in banking has allowed him to serve the MBA in a variety of different capacities. Mr. White supported the MBA as Treasurer, a Group Chairman, a member of the Audit Committee and most recently filled the vacancy of Immediate Past Chairman, having previously served the industry as Chairman of the Michigan League of Community Banks, which joined with the MBA in 2003. Mr. White now serves on the Board of Directors and is a Trustee of the Robert M. Perry Schools of Banking.

“Bill White is a consummate banker, his career has been filled with dedicated service to his customers, employees, shareholders, and community, as well as to the banking industry,” said MBA President and CEO Rann Paynter. “Recognition of his contributions by his peers is well-deserved.”

Martin L. Heger, Jr., Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Dearborn Federal Savings said, “Mr. White’s conservative approach, emphasis on the supremacy of capital and laser-like focus to the needs of his community have all contributed to Dearborn Federal Savings Bank’s sustained profitability and strong reputation among customers, regulators and industry professionals.”

Mr. White will be formally presented with the 2017 Banker of the Year Award at the MBA Annual Convention from June 20-23 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.