Treasurer & Board Member, West Michigan Veterans Coalition
Vice President of Commercial Banking with Chemical Bank
Mike Keast has been helping business grow within the West Michigan Community for over 15 years, by taking a consultative type of approach and offering advice for best practices. He currently manages a relationship portfolio deploying over $100 Million dollars in capital within the community of which the majority of businesses either are owned or employ veterans.
Mike served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 2000 to 2004. While serving in the Corps, Mike was stationed in London, England as part of an elite anti-terrorism task force protecting US Naval Security Interests during the September 11th attacks. In 2003, while serving with the Marine Corps most highly decorated battalion, 2nd Battalion 5th Marines, he was deployed to Kuwait and took part in the initial invasion and numerous stability operation during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike was awarded a Naval Achievement Medal with Combat “V” for Valor during his tour and later meritoriously promoted to Sergeant.
Mike is West Michigan native (Ionia) and earned his bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Finance. He serves on several non-for profit boards which consist of the Mid-Michigan Banking Group, GVSU Alumni Association, Association for Corporate Growth, and David D. Hunting YMCA. Mike is also a member of the Wakefield, MI VFW, and Team RWB in Grand Rapids.
Mike is married to Sarah whom is an Interior Designer at Steelcase and together have 4 daughters, Karena, Evelyn, Ruby, and Dorothy (whom passed away at birth).