Educational Background and Business Experience
Benjamin A. Smith III is the Founder and President of Smith Associates. In 1971, Ben was the first Trust Investment Officer with First Michigan Bank, which led to various positions as Senior Vice President of First Michigan Bank Corporation, and the CEO of First Michigan Bank Financial Group. In those capacities, Ben acquired years of experience in investment strategy, portfolio management, and bank acquisitions. He had direct responsibility for management and investment of First Michigan Bank’s trust and bank investment portfolios of over $2.5 billion. In 1992, Ben started Smith & Associates. He was the CEO of Smith & Associates until it merged with Macatawa Bank in October 2006. Ben established Macatawa bank in 1997, serving as Chairman and CEO until February 2009. From December 2006 to January 2014, Ben was CEO of Florida Shores Bancorp Inc, and also held various roles with its bank subsidiaries. Ben is Currently the Managing Member of the Smith & Associates Financial Fund, LLC.
Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Economics from Purdue University, and an MBA specializing in Finance from Indiana State University. He currently holds the Series 65 license