Dearborn banker earns MBA Banker of the Year Award

William White

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Dearborn Federal Savings Bank President and Chairman William White will be awarded with Michigan Bankers Association’s 2017 Banker of the Year in June.

The award is given to “a member banker for outstanding leadership to the MBA, the banking industry and the communities they serve,” the press release said.

Over White’s 28-year banking career at Dearborn Federal he’s held the position of president, chairman, executive vice president and treasurer.

“It’s a tremendous honor, especially to be recognized by my peers,” he said. “I’m humbled. The strength of the local communities in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights has played a essential part of the bank and my success.”

He also supported the MBA as a treasurer, group chairman and as a member of the audit committee. Most recently he filled the vacancy of immediate past chairman.

Currently, White serves on the MBA board of directors and is a trustee of the MBA 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,” MBA President and CEO Rann Paynter said. “Recognition of his contributions by his peers is well-deserved.”

Along with Dearborn Federal and the MBA, White actively participates in the legislative process at the federal, state and local levels. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. each wrote letters of support for White’s nomination.

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

O’Reilly has known White for over 27 years through working together.

“I have worked with him on many initiatives and events benefitting our community, our schools and our businesses,” he said. “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.”

White credited the strong city government, services, excellent schools, dependable police and fire departments and great citizens for the bank’s success.

“Our entire staff takes our jobs seriously because we are being trusted to help residents purchase homes to being their life and also protect their savings,” White said. “It is a very rewarding process.”

On a day-to-day basis he has a multitude of tests including providing banking and financial services to customers while following the regulations followed by federal government.

Dearborn Federal Savings Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Martin L. Heger Jr. praised White’s work ethic and contributions.

“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,” he said.

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

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