BUSINESS BEAT: Commercial Bank’s Josh Gibbs named to 40 Under Forty business journal

By Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" • Last Updated 11:17 am on Monday, November 16, 2015


Commercial Bank’s Community President Josh Gibbs was named to this year’s 40 Under Forty, an annual publication by Grand Rapids Business Journal highlighting successful busienss people in the West Michigan area. (Courtesy photo)

GREENVILLE — Josh Gibbs, community president of Commercial Bank, is one of 40 young business leaders named in Grand Rapids Business Journal’s annual 40 Under Forty Business Leaders journal this year.

This year’s issue received 279 overall nominations, with each nominee evaluated on “business success, professional recognitions and awards, new endeavors, breaking stereotypes, or new industry emergence,” according to the journal.

Gibbs, 36, was nominated by community members, including Commercial Bank’s President and CEO Kevin Collison.

Gibbs, 36, a 1998 Greenville High School graduate, said as great as it was being recognized in the 40 Under Forty journal, his recognition is in result of great teamwork with his peers and coworkers.

“It is an honor to be recognized as an up-and-coming business leader and I hope it’s a launching pad for greater things to come,” he said. “It is not an accomplishment of my own though, but one to be shared with those whom I love and respect.” I’ve been blessed to have been given so much support and knowledge from many people that have contributed to me positively throughout my life. I feel a piece of this honor is theirs, too.”

He recognized former Commercial Bank CEO Jeff Barker and senior lender Andy Shafley as two people in particular that helped him succeed in the business.

“He’s very dedicated for providing the best for his customers and for the bank for the community,” said Heather Schaeffer, the bank’s director of human resources department.

Gibbs has 12 years of banking experience, almost half of that with Commercial Bank.

He is also heavily involved in community service, including:

• Board member for St. Charles Borromeo School in Greenville

• Finance chairman for the Five Rivers District of Gerald R. Ford Field Service Council

• Member of the Patient, Family Advisory Council for Spectrum Health’s United and Kelsey hospitals in Greenville and Lakeview, respectively

• Member of Greenville Rotary

• Volunteer coach for youth teams his son, Grahm, 6, plays in through the Greenville Recreation Department programs
Gibbs lives in Cedar Springs.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities to use my skill set to serve others,” Gibbs said. “I’m also hopeful that the 40 Under Forty recognition will help raise awareness for the non-profits I volunteer for and in some way benefit their missions.”

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