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ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Ben

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DISTINCTLY QUALIFIED

As a proven wealth management professional, Ben provides comprehensive financial planning, asset management, and investment advisory services to families and businesses across West Michigan.  With a BS and MBA from the University of Michigan combined with 18 years of leadership experience in financial services, management consulting, and advisory, Ben believes now is the right time to use his distinct skill set to help our county. Leadership, communication, critical thinking, and negotiation are skills Ben brings to the table alongside a proven track record in strategic planning, project management, process improvement, tax planning, and financial audit.  With a unique combination of both private sector and public service experience, Ben is the perfect candidate to tackle the many issues now plaguing our treasurer's office.  Ottawa County is in need of a reliable and experienced financial professional who aims to rebuild public confidence through integrity and transparency. Trust in Ben to bring stability, efficiency, and effectiveness back to the Treasurer’s Office with full accountability to the residents of Ottawa County.

THE GENSER FAMILY

The Genser family resides in the City of Grand Haven with their two beautiful children, Bella and Ari, who both attend Grand Haven Area Public Schools. Ben and Holly were high school sweethearts and have been married for fourteen years. It is important to the Genser's that their children are raised in a community that is welcoming, cheerful, charming, and safe. A community that supports the value of faith, family and freedom, rewards hard work, and understands the importance of generosity and kindness. As your County Treasurer, Ben will work to ensure the residents of Ottawa County have every opportunity to realize the American dream with financial security and economic freedom

"As your County Treasurer, I will work to ensure the residents of Ottawa County have every opportunity to realize the American dream with financial security and economic freedom."

-Ben Genser

Professional Experience

Current 

Vice President – Investments, J.P Morgan Private Client Advisor

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. 

Past 

Vice President, Multi-Site Manager

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Management Consultant 

Capital Financial Management, LLC

Tax Internship 

John E. Hunt, CPA, MBA, Attorney

Political Internship

United States Senate

Master of Business Administration (MBA) 

University of Michigan 

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 

University of Michigan 

Education 

Certifications 

  • Wealth Management Certified Professional® (WMCP®)

  • Series 7 

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

  • Series 66 

North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) 

  • Resident Insurance Producer License - Variable, Life, Health

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) ​​

  • West Michigan Regional Planning Commission 

  • Ottawa County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee (CEDS)

  • Ottawa County Republican Party (Ottawa GOP) - Precinct Delegate 

  • University of Michigan Healthcare Administration Program Advisory Board

Board & Committee Memberships

Associations

Professional

  • Financial Planning Association (FPA)

  • American Bankers Association (ABA)

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

  • American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA)

  • American Management Association (AMA)

Social: ​​

  • Grand Haven Eagles 925 | Fraternal Order of Eagles

  • Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post 28 | SAL

  • Chabad of Western Michigan

  • Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids 

Volunteer Work

  • Kids Food Basket

  • Alliance for the Great Lakes

  • Be The Match

  • MIGOP Precinct Poll Watcher 

  • M-Bassador - University of Michigan

  • World Pledge Project 

  • Wayne State University Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 

  • Empty Bowls Detroit 

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