Dart Bank Welcomes Two New Board Members

John Truscott and John Gilkey Join the Board of Directors

June 17, 2024

Mason, MI- Dart Bank’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of John Truscott and John Gilkey to its Board of Directors.

Additional Board members include William J. Hufnagel (President & CEO), Eric Brogan (Chairman), Melanie Dart (Vice Chairman), Kira Carter-Robertson, Michelle Gallagher, John Grettenberger, Mark Henne, Peter Kubacki, and Blake Mulder.

“John Truscott and John Gilkey bring invaluable perspectives to our Board of Directors,” said William J. Hufnagel, President and CEO of Dart Bank. “John Truscott’s expertise in developing innovative communication strategies and fostering robust relationships, alongside John Gilkey’s extensive background in technology and organizational development, will collectively help shape Dart Bank’s vision and enhance its future endeavors. Their contributions will significantly benefit the Bank and its customers, employees, and shareholders.”

John Truscott is one of Michigan’s most respected experts in communication. Prior to founding his public relations firm, John was the Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Michigan Governor John Engler. The merger of his company with The Rossman Group marked the inception of Truscott Rossman, which has become the largest and most trusted Michigan-owned public relations agency in the state. John serves as CEO of Truscott Rossman. John is also a communications industry thought leader, contributing his insights as a speaker at numerous conferences every year. Additionally, he serves on several boards including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Grand Rapids Economic Club. John is a graduate of Michigan State University.

“I’m proud to join the Dart Bank Board, especially during this time of rapid growth and expansion. As a customer for many years, I have always appreciated how the team makes me feel like family. Dart Bank is a true community asset,” stated John Truscott.

John Gilkey serves as the President of BIGGBY COFFEE. Joining the company in 2018, John has led the development of the franchise system as it grew from 200 to over 400 stores in 2024. His focus is the transition of a founder-managed company to an enduring stakeholder oriented organization driven by its purpose of Supporting You in Building a Life you Love. His career is rooted in entrepreneurship and technology, having founded his first company in high school that grew into a series of businesses over the next 30 years. John’s approach involves assembling exceptional teams, integrating quality management principles, and fostering a human-centric culture of leadership.

“I am deeply honored to join Dart Bank’s Board of Directors. My work at BIGGBY COFFEE has always centered around building strong communities and supporting people, and I am excited to bring that same dedication to Dart Bank. Together, we will continue to strengthen our commitment to community and make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve,” said John Gilkey.

Founded in 1925, Dart Bank has a national reputation for innovation; it was the first bank in the nation to finance automobiles. Among its other notable achievements, Dart Bank has been named a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press and has earned the designation of Top Workplace USA for three consecutive years. Headquartered in Mason, MI, Dart Bank has 13 offices, assets totaling over $1.2 billion, and nearly 300 employees. For more information, visit dart.bank.


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