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COB Board Member John Essex Nom West MI Leader in Comm. Real Estate

SPARTA, Mich., October 4, 2023 – The Boards of Directors of ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc., and ChoiceOne Bank congratulate Bruce John (John) Essex Jr. on his nomination to Crain’s Grand Rapids Business Notable West Michigan Leaders in Commercial Real Estate in 2023.

“It’s a pleasure to congratulate John for being selected as a 2023 Notable West Michigan Leader in Commercial Real Estate by Crain’s Grand Rapids Business,” said ChoiceOne CEO Kelly Potes. “As a board member of our Bank, it’s very exciting for John to receive this honor especially as we are celebrating our 125th Anniversary this year. John is an expert in his field and a prominent business leader in our communities.”

Bruce John (John) Essex Jr.

Essex is Principal of Port City Ventures and Core Reality Partners. He was selected for his commitment and passion for the community of Muskegon, investing in the rehabilitation and development of multiple vacant properties without tenant commitment. He co-founded Core Realty Partners, one of Muskegon’s most active residential and commercial real estate firms and invested in and developed numerous properties in the downtown area.

He also purchased his father’s manufacturing business, Port City Group, an integrated manufacturer of aluminum castings, plastics, and assemblies, and grew it into the largest privately owned employer in Muskegon County. Upon the sale of the business in 2015, Essex invested his proceeds in the development of downtown Muskegon.

“Essex earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University, East Lansing. Active in his community and profession, Essex also sits on the boards of  Beacon Recycling, Eagle Alloy, and Cascade Die Casting Group.  He is also involved with Kids’ Food Basket, Muskegon County Community Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon.

See https://www.crainsgrandrapids.com/author/crains-grand-rapids-business/ for more information on Crain’s Grand Rapids Business Notable West Michigan Leaders in Commercial Real Estate in 2023.

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