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About: Born in Detroit in 1956 and raised in Benton Harbor, David Edwards is a life-long Michigan resident.

Currently he and his wife Patricia live in a home on Lake Michigan in Douglas that Pat and David constructed following his 2019 retirement.

David earned a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance prior to working 38 years for large, multi-national commercial banks and retired as Managing Partner and Head of West Michigan operations for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).

David has extensive experience in executive management, wealth management, portfolio management, credit management and marketing management. He managed the start-up of LaSalle Bank and The Private Bank in West Michigan and was responsible for hiring staff, managing the staff and portfolios, growing the operations and was ultimately involved in the sale of the offices.

David has extensive Board and Committee experience in the non-profit world including serving as President. He has a particular interest in and success with fundraising. In addition to involvement with other organizations, he is currently in the 8th year of serving on The Literacy Center of West Michigan Board of Directors. David also has experience in creating and managing private asset portfolios. Over his career he has sourced more than $1 billion of loans and capital.

David and wife Patricia have been married for 35 years and have two adult children, Hilliary and Ben.

Affiliated with the Literacy Center: Dave Edwards has been affiliated with the Literacy Center since March 2013. 

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