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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 2013  Contact: Don Tanner/ Justin Fisette (248) 626-0006


 FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., - Level One Bank was selected by the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Global MBA students for participation in the school’s Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP).  Throughout the seven week project, students from across the world devoted themselves to on-site learning and a demographic analysis of Level One Bank’s retail division.

Level One Bank’s MAP team included six students from Korea, Taiwan and Japan, each bringing various educational and career backgrounds, including finance, marketing and law. Together, the students completed a demographic study of the areas surrounding Level One’s seven banking centers and provided marketing recommendations based on their findings.  The project plan included consultation with Level One Bank staff and U of M faculty, banking center visits, demographic research, and benchmark studies.  

“It has been quite rewarding to work with such a talented group of MBA students who share our acumen for business and passion for research,” said David Walker, Level One Bank CFO and University of Michigan alum. “We were especially pleased to be chosen by these students in our first year of applying to host the MAP program. It has been a wonderful experience for all involved.”

The MAP course is a requirement of the MBA core curriculum, involving four to six Global MBA students from the Ross School of Business. Each year, MAP proposals are accepted from sponsors looking to solve a problem, identify new processes or target opportunities for growth.

 Global MBA students from the Ross School of Business selected eight out of 25 corporate, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit project proposals submitted. Since 1992, Ross MAP teams have completed nearly 1,600 projects for more than 800 organizations.

About Level One Bank

Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank committed to connecting with unparalleled service and delivering outstanding financial solutions.  Owned and managed locally, Level One Bank is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $500 million.  It currently operates seven full-service banking centers, located throughout Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management services.  The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts, including free checking and competitive interest-bearing accounts such as Money Markets, IRAs, and CDs.  The bank also provides a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services.  Level One offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit www.levelonebank.com.

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