It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of the former President and CEO of County National Bank, Norman F. Rodgers, on October 3, 2011. Norman Rodgers succumbed to a rare form of lung cancer, mesothelioma, after a courageous nine month battle. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and community.
Norm was well known in the community, having served as President and CEO of CNB for over twenty years before retiring as President in 2004 and CEO in 2005. His CNB legacy included consistently high ratings and performance, and he continued to serve the bank as Chairman of the Board until April of 2009, after which time he served on a part-time contract basis as a consultant.
Norm Rodgers’ lifelong banking career highlights included being a Director of the American Bankers Association, member and then President of the Michigan Bankers Association’s Executive Committee, Director for the National Bank Marketing Association, and being appointed to the Board of Directors of the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. A particular highlight was when he was named Michigan Banker of the Year in 2001.
Norm was active in the Hillsdale and Jackson communities. He was involved with the Hillsdale Chamber of Commerce, Hillsdale County Industrial Development Commission, Hillsdale College President’s Club, Hillsdale Golf and Country Club, Country Club of Jackson, and Jackson Community College Foundation. He was a board member of the Hillsdale Community Health Center.
Norm was an avid golfer and tennis player, and he had a lifelong appreciation of music. He is survived by wife Lyla, son Richard, daughter Noelle, and their families.
We are grateful for Norman Rodgers’ capable leadership of County National Bank. Over his 28-year affiliation with CNB, he was instrumental in setting the direction and culture at the bank, and his leadership and banking talents were keys to the bank’s many successes. He will be missed terribly.