About JimDunlap has a leadership role facilitating the company’s conversion of FirstMerit, which is expected in the first quarter next year. He has announced his plans to retire in 2017.
Prior to the FirstMerit merger, Dunlap provided oversight of Huntington's 11 regional presidents and was responsible for Huntington's Private Client Group, which includes The Huntington Private Bank, Huntington Wealth & Investment Management and The Huntington Investment Company.
In his previous role as Commercial Banking Director, he helped to drive growth in the segment and to launch a series of commercial businesses including energy, agribusiness, health care and international banking.
Dunlap first joined Huntington 37 years ago and has held a variety of roles in the bank. In 2001, he was named president of the West Michigan Region, where he has played an instrumental leadership role in the area's economic development initiatives. Prior to that he was president of Huntington's Florida operations and was recognized as one of Central Florida's most outstanding community leaders and banker of the year in 2001.
Dunlap joined Huntington in 1979 in Northwest Ohio, serving in several capacities, including Regional Retail Administrator, overseeing Commercial Lending, Treasury Management, and Public Funds. He was Regional President of Huntington's Northwest Ohio operations from 1992 to 1996.
He is currently the Chairman of the West Michigan Policy Forum, a board member of Business Leaders for Michigan and on the executive committee for Michigan’s The Right Place, Inc. He has current and past service on the boards of the West Michigan Strategic Alliance, Junior Achievement, Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Regional Issues Committee. He is also the past chair of the Grand Rapids Economic Club, Grand Rapids Area YMCA and the Heart of West Michigan United Way. Additionally, he serves on the executive committee of the West Michigan Regional Public Policy Conference. He has been named Business Person of the Year by the Grand Rapids Economic Club and won the Grand Rapids' Chamber of Commerce's Distinguished Community Trustee Award.
Dunlap graduated from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking and attended Bowling Green State University.