West Shore Bank currently offers wealth advisory services through its seven-branch network, which spans from Oceana County to Benzie County. The acquisition of Ellis Capital Management will extend West Shore Bank’s wealth management services farther south, encompassing areas of Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.
“Ellis Capital Management has a longstanding reputation for client-centered service delivered with uncompromising integrity,” said Raymond A. Biggs, President and CEO of West Shore Bank. “Their approach to business complements the West Shore Bank brand. It’s an honor to combine our strengths under the same name.” West Shore Bank – Wealth Management provides a variety of investment, trust and insurance services. Following the acquisition, Founder of Ellis Capital David K. Ellis and his team will join the West Shore Bank - Wealth Management group.
“We’ve always coached clients to take the long view, looking beyond investment strategy to consider advanced planning,” Ellis said. “It is also the cornerstone of West Shore Bank’s wealth management philosophy.” Ellis will join as Senior Vice President, primarily responsible for growing the Grand Rapids and Muskegon regions. The two Ellis Capital Management offices in Grand Rapids and Muskegon will be rebranded with the West Shore Bank - Wealth Management name.