Garth Anderson

Garth Anderson

Gratiot County

NMLS# 800114
Phone: (989) 466-3174
Email Garth

1690 Wright Ave.
Alma, MI 48801

What is your title?

Assistance Vice President of Lending for residential mortgages, business loans and personal loans—the only one left that does all three at Commercial Bank!

How long have you been with Commercial Bank?

I have been back with the bank since August of 2008. I previously worked for the bank from March of 1986 through June of 1988. In between, I was in the insurance business and owned my own agency. I had just started to learn about lending, when I left in 1988.

Education:

I graduated from CMU in 1984, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. I majored in Marketing and minored in Spanish. Si, es la verdad.

What is your favorite thing about Commercial Bank?

We remain a community bank, and can provide services that the bigger banks can’t. We are very involved in the community.

What is your favorite thing about your community?

We are very close-knit and work together to overcome tough things that have happened through the years. In a community this size, you get to know so many fellow community members very well. You see them while on walks. You meet together about common interests. You support each other.

Community Involvement:

  • I have been involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for many years.
  • I have been a Rotarian since 1990.
  • I am on the board for Child Advocacy.
  • I have announced basketball and football games at Alma High School since the 90s.
  • I have helped with Junior Achievement since the 90s.
  • I am on the Alma Action Association committee, and I am presently serving as president of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • I have worked with the youth of the community through Central Michigan Youth for Christ.
  • I have served in several different capacities in my church, including elder and missions committee.

What do I love about my job?

I love to be able to help a young person or couple navigate through the process of buying a home. I love being able to answer questions about loans and credit, in general. I just like to help people who don’t understand what to do and how to go about getting a loan.

Why am I different?

I think I show patience and I am excited to help customers. I like to laugh with them and to really try to understand their situation. They can call or text me anytime, during working hours or after working hours…and even when I’m on vacation. I will take time to talk to them.

Personal:

I have been married for 37 years and still feel like the luckiest guy around. We love to ride bikes and go for long walks and hikes. We have a granddaughter that we SPOIL. We love to camp and we’re absolutely certain that up north Michigan is heaven on earth, whether the northern lower peninsula or the UP. We love to go to Lake Michigan and hang out at the beach for as many weekends as a Michigan summer permits. We absolutely love to experience and capture sunsets on our phones, especially at Lake Michigan. We also love to travel to Florida and Cancun. We love ice cream and trying all kinds of different restaurants.

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