About Talmer Bank and Trust

Our Story

Talmer. It's a different kind of name for a bank, isn't it? Well, we're a very different kind of bank. Our name combines the last name of the grandfather of David T. Provost, chairman and CEO of Talmer Bank and Trust (Talmage) with the last name of the grandfather of Gary Torgow, chairman of Talmer Bancorp, Inc. (Merzon). Their grandfathers were two remarkable humanitarians who never met, but shared a common purpose - to help others and to enrich the lives of their communities.

How do the lives of men who lived decades ago affect Talmer customers today? By continuing their commitment to serve and support the local communities where we live and work.

At Talmer Bank and Trust being a community bank isn’t just our business, it’s our mission.  We understand the important role a community bank plays in the growth and vitality of the area it serves and that is why we take great pride in being invested financially and emotionally in the communities we call home.  

The financial crisis that began in 2008 had a devastating impact on very good financial organizations with very good employees. Unfortunately, many of these financial institutions simply did not have the resources to weather the incredible storm in front of them thus creating uncertainty in the communities they served. 

At that same time, Talmer Bank and Trust was in a position to give these great companies and their employees a second chance and reignite their communities. Over the past several years, together we have been able to retain hundreds of local jobs, restore customer confidence, and continue to give back and support local initiatives.  Together we are moving forward in a position of strength to not only provide financial solutions to our neighbors and local businesses but to deliver on our commitment of community, integrity and service.

Yes there are other banks that promise such things. But we have something more at stake that inspires us to actually deliver - our family heritage.

Our Leadership  

David T. Provost is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Talmer Bank and Trust, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Talmer Bancorp, Inc. 

Talmer Bancorp, Inc. (formerly First Michigan Bancorp) headquartered in Troy, Michigan, is the holding company for Talmer Bank and Trust and Talmer West Bank. Under Mr. Provost’s leadership, Talmer has completed seven acquisitions:  CF Bancorp, Port Huron, MI; First Banking Center, Lake Geneva, WI; Peoples State Bank, Madison Heights, MI; Community Central Bank, Mt. Clemens, MI; Lake Shore Bank Wisconsin, First Place Bank, Warren, OH; and Michigan Commerce Bank, Ann Arbor, MI. Talmer Bancorp is currently the third largest bank headquartered in Michigan. It operates 94 branch offices and 11 lending offices located primarily in the Midwest.

Prior to joining Talmer Bancorp, David served as Chairman and CEO of The PrivateBank (formerly Bloomfield Hills Bancorp), which he co-founded in 1989. He also served in various capacities at Manufacturers National Bank of Detroit, now known as Comerica Bank, for thirteen years.

Mr. Provost’s serves on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee for Plastipak Packaging, Inc., located in Plymouth, Michigan. As an active member of the community, he serves on the Board of Directors for The RESTORE Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, Eastern Michigan University College of Business,  the Partners in Torah Advisory Board, and is a Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Alma College. 

Mr. Provost was named one of Crain’s Detroit Business 2010 Newsmakers of the Year. In 2006 he was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Central Great Lakes Financial Services division. He also received the 2007 Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Outstanding Leadership Award, and is a recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40.

David attended Alma College where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. He earned his MBA from Eastern Michigan University and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Banking.  He is married with two children.


Gary Torgow is the Chairman of Talmer Bancorp, Inc. He also serves as the Chairman of Talmer West Bank and is on the Board of Talmer Bank and Trust. He is also President and Founder of the Sterling Group, a Michigan-based real estate and development, investment and management company, which has acquired, developed and operated a number of important landmark properties in southeastern Michigan.

Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, Talmer Bancorp (formerly First Michigan Bancorp) is the holding company for Talmer Bank and Trust and Talmer West Bank. Talmer Bancorp, Inc. has completed seven acquisitions:  CF Bancorp, Port Huron, MI; First Banking Center, Lake Geneva, WI; Peoples State Bank, Madison Heights, MI; Community Central Bank, Mt. Clemens, MI; Lake Shore Bank Wisconsin, First Place Bank, Warren, OH; and Michigan Commerce Bank, Ann Arbor, MI. Talmer Bancorp is currently the third largest bank headquartered in Michigan. It operates 94 branch offices and 11 lending offices located primarily in the Midwest.

Gary currently serves on the Boards of Jackson National Life Insurance Company of New York and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  He is a Trustee and Board member of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan and is on the Foundation Boards of Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital. Mr. Torgow also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Touro College, and is the volunteer President of Michigan’s largest Jewish day school, the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah.  

Mr. Torgow has served as a volunteer on numerous civic and communal boards including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, both of which he served as Chairman.

Gary has won numerous awards including the Frank A. Wetsman Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the NAACP’s Fannie Lou Hamer “Keeping the Spirit Moving” Award, and the Wayne State University Law School Distinguished Alumni Award.

Gary is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Law and is a member in good standing of the Michigan Bar Association.  Gary is married with five children.