Bugby retires from First National in IR
IRON RIVER — First National Bank & Trust has announced the retirement of Gerald Bugby and the hiring of Ryan Meske as new Iron River community bank president.
Bugby has overseen Iron River banking functions since 2010. Bugby graduated from Flushing High School in 1974 and Northern Michigan University in 1978. He started as a full- time teller at The Miners First National Bank, a Michigan Financial Corporation institution, in Ishpeming in 1980 and transferred to Iron River National Bank, later to be known as MFC First National Bank, as a lender in 1983.
MFC went to Wells Fargo Bank in 2000 and Bugby became a business banker before being tapped in 2010 as community bank president for First National Bank & Trust in Iron River.
He has been active in the community, having served as director of the Dickinson-Iron Substance Abuse Agency, president of the Kiwanis Club of Iron County and founding president of Kinship of Iron County. He also is on the boards of the Iron County Economic Development Corporation, the Iron County Historical Museum and the Michigan State University Extension Advisory Board, in addition to being a business instructor for Iron County Community Schools, a council member of the Salvation Army, and a volunteer with the Iron County Rodeo.
A graduate of Ashland High School in Ashland, Wis., Meske majored in business administration at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minn. He is in his second year with the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis. He was branch manager for Citizens Bank in Iron River and senior vice president of mortgage lending at The Miners State Bank in Iron River before joining First National Bank.
Meske participates in community activities as well, serving as vice president of the West Iron County School Board and previously treasurer. He also is on the Iron River Downtown Development Authority Finance Committee.
Chartered in 1887, First National Bank & Trust has seven locations in Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Menominee and Iron River, along with a wealth management office in Marquette.