ChoiceOne Financial Services: David Bush Retires, John Essex, Jr. Named to Holding Company Board

It is with gratitude that the Boards of Directors of ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc. and ChoiceOne Bank announce the retirement of David H. Bush from the Boards of Directors of ChoiceOne and ChoiceOne Bank effective July 25th. Bruce John Essex, Jr. has been appointed to ChoiceOne’s board of directors, effective upon Bush’s July 25 retirement.

“These two men have certainly left their mark on ChoiceOne,” said Kelly Potes, CEO of ChoiceOne. “David has served our organization as a board member for 35 years. We greatly appreciate his leadership over the years and will miss his wise counsel as he retires from our boards. John had a significant stake in Community Shores Bank Corporation which merged with and into ChoiceOne in 2020. As an expert in his field and a leading business leader in our communities, we are delighted to welcome John to our Board of Directors of Choice One.

David Bush

Bush is currently a member of Metamora 8 LLC, Metamora Properties LLC and Wild Cherry Properties LLC. Bush was previously an optometrist, retiring in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Bush has also served on the boards of the Lapeer Economic Corporation and the Tax Increment Finance Authority. He is also a former president of Big Brother Big Sisters of Lapeer County and a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Lapeer.

Essex is the Managing Director of Port City Ventures in Muskegon, a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in manufacturing, finance and real estate. He is also a director and co-owner of Core Realty Partners in Muskegon, a commercial and residential real estate brokerage and property management firm.

Bruce John Essex, Jr.

Previously, Essex was CEO and majority owner of Port City Group in Muskegon, an integrated manufacturer of aluminum castings, plastics and assemblies (sold in 2015). He is also a co-founder of Beacon Recycling, Inc., an industrial metals, plastics and paper recycler with locations in Muskegon, Grand Rapids and Traverse City.

Essex earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing. Active in his community and profession, Essex currently serves on the board of directors of Beacon Recycling, Inc., Eagle Alloy, Inc., Eagle Aluminum Casting and Employers Association of West Michigan.

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