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Nathan Nagel, a Kalamazoo native and senior at WMU majoring in Finance, received the first Daniel R. Smith Banking Internship awarded by First National Bank of Michigan. The internship, to honor Daniel R. Smith, was announced in December of 2018. This internship will be offered annually to a WMU junior or senior majoring in Business, Accounting or Finance. Dan Smith played a key role in banking for several years locally, state-wide and nationally, and was instrumental in helping open First National Bank of Michigan in 2006.

“We are thrilled to extend this opportunity to Nathan. Dan would be so proud,” stated Dan Smith’s wife, Judy, who was present to congratulate Nathan. President and CEO Daniel Bitzer added, “Since our inception in 2006, our team has put a strong emphasis on enriching our community. This paid internship provides us the opportunity to teach, and for Nathan to experience banking firsthand in a local community bank.”


With offices in Kalamazoo, Portage, Grand Rapids, Holland and Lansing, First National Bank of Michigan takes pride in being a community bank. That means instead of relying on an affiliation with a multi-bank holding company, funds are derived from and lent to the communities where we operate in Michigan.