The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce recently recognized John Mann, Chief Executive Officer of Chelsea State Bank, as the recipient of Chelsea’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, for his years of service to the citizens of Chelsea and Washtenaw County. Also recognized was Jim Randolph, as Citizen of the Year. Both received a variety of proclamations, resolutions, and special tributes from Jason Lindauer, Mayor, City of Chelsea, Kent Martinez-Kratz, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, Donna Lasinski, State Representative, and representatives of Tim Walberg, US House, and Gary Peters, US Senate.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this lifetime achievement award,” Mann told the crowd gathered at the reception banquet at Chelsea Comfort Inn on October 26. “But don’t think I’m going to say I don’t deserve it, because I do,” he continued. “Clearly I’ve earned this award because of my position with Chelsea State Bank. I proudly accept it in honor of the great leaders of the bank who came before me, and although they never sought it or expected it, deserved greater recognition. I’m talking about Paul Schaible, Jr., and especially I’m talking about my dad, Paul E. Mann.”
Mann’s dedication to the Chelsea community is deeply rooted and has been an integral part of the growth of the community and himself. A lifelong resident of Chelsea, Mann attended Chelsea High School where he played varsity football, basketball and baseball. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College majoring in Biology, and then worked three years for Chrysler Corporation as an emissions engineer. After a summer in Alaska, including a month long four hundred mile canoe trip above the Arctic Circle, he earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Mann began his banking career with National Bank of Detroit in 1983. He joined Chelsea State Bank in 1988, became President and CEO of the Bank in 1994, and was appointed Chairman of the Board in 1999. Under his leadership the bank has seen assets grow from $132 million to $286 million, and capital grow from $20 million to $33 million. The capital growth is after two special shareholder cash dividends totaling $16 million on the bank’s 100th and 110th anniversaries.
Committed to his community, Mann has been an active board member and Treasurer of the Purple Rose Theatre Company for 26 years. He was a long-term board member of the Chelsea United Way, including several terms as President. He also served ten years on the board of directors of the UMRC Heritage Foundation.
Mann has utilized his fundraising skills in many ways. Early in his career, he chaired the Chelsea Community Hospital Capital Campaign for emergency room expansion. In 2007, he was instrumental in leading a campaign to raise private funding for artificial field turf at Chelsea High School’s Jerry Niehaus Field. He also played a key role in bringing Ele’s Place to Ann Arbor and is currently serving on that organization’s Home for Healing Hearts Capital Campaign.
“It brings me great pride to know that my vision and perseverance over the years has helped shape the Chelsea community and has influenced so many within it,” Mann said. “I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my wife Anne, our three children Ali, Tim, and Stu, as well as my Chelsea State Bank family. I am very honored, and very thankful.”
John Mann and his family from left next to John is daughter Ali and her wife Jill, John and Anne, son Stu and his wife Felicia, son Tim and his girlfriend Samantha.
Courtesy photo from ChelseaUpdate.com