Dennis W. Archer Jr. Appointed to the Independent Bank Corporation Board of Directors

Dennis W. Archer Jr. was recently appointed to the board for Independent Bank Corporation, the holding company of Independent Bank, and Independent Bank, a Michigan-based community bank, according to a press release by the Independent Bank Corporation.

Archer Jr. is presently the CEO of Ignition Media Group, a leading integrated marketing agency founded in 1998. He is also the president and founding partner of Archer Corporate Services, one of the country’s leading marketing fulfillment service firms. Archer Jr.’s hospitality holding company, Congress Hospitality, is creator and managing partner of Central Kitchen + Bar, one of Detroit’s high-quality restaurants.

“I am honored with the opportunity to join the boards of directors of Independent Bank Corporation and Independent Bank,” Archer Jr. said in the press release. “I believe that my experience in marketing and developing new businesses as well as my educational background will be beneficial to the organization. I look forward to working with such a talented board and management team.”

William B. (Brad) Kessel, president and CEO of Independent Bank Corporation said in the press release that Archer Jr. is a great addition to the team.

“We are very excited to add Dennis Archer Jr. to the boards of directors of both our parent company and the Bank,” he said in the release. “He is a talented executive with a wide range of business and entrepreneurial experience as well as having previously served on a community bank board. He also has a deep understanding of, and commitment to, the Detroit area, Michigan’s largest market. He is an important addition to our organization.”

Archer Jr. obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.

Along with his entrepreneurial endeavors, Archer Jr. is a real estate developer dedicated to not only his craft but pouring back into the city Detroit and its neighboring communities. He has participated in several high-profile projects, according to his website, These include: Redford Marketplace, The Talon Center, 1250 Rosa Parks Boulevard, Kercheval Point in Grosse Pointe and a plethora of other major developments with his development partners. His community endeavors extend to being active as the: chair emeritus of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he sits on the executive committee. Archer Jr. also sits on the boards of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Dennis W. Archer Foundation and Citizen Detroit, according to the release. He also serves on the General Motors Supplier Council.

Archer Jr. is involved in another great 42,000-square-foot endeavor: Rivertown Market.

Meijer, the city of Detroit, and RDG Rivertown Market, LLC, are all working together to create the Rivertown Market in the East Jefferson Corridor. The standalone neighborhood market [operated by Meijer] will serve Lafayette Park and Rivertown’s immediate historic districts. Rivertown Market is slated to open by the fourth quarter of 2021.

Archer Jr. is a partner with RDG Rivertown Market, LLC, and was raised near where Rivertown Market will be developed to bring residents “fresh, affordable food.”

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