Senior Vice President, Lansing Market Director
Team Member since 2019
Ben Bakken is an experienced and knowledgeable financial professional who understands the ‘ins and outs’ of strategy, analysis, relationship building, and leadership. Ben brings more than a decade of experience in the banking industry, in addition to nearly 5 years of experience in C-Suite roles responsible for finance, operations, accounting, real estate, information technology, business development, and human resources. He acquired his MBA from Northwood University and has a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University. Community involvement and volunteerism are pillars of what motivates Ben. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), member of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee, Treasurer / Board Member for the Greater Lansing Local Development Financing Authority / Lansing Regional SmartZone, co-founder and organizer for 5 Minutes Tops student shark-tank contest, Board Member for the Holt Education Foundation, and member of the Lansing Promise Business Council. He also enjoys fundraising for Special Olympics Michigan’s Polar Plunge, Women Working Wonders / Sparrow Foundation’s Dapper Dads, Carefree Medical’s Dancing with the Local Stars, and Children’s Ballet Theatre Nutcracker performance as ‘Mother Ginger’. Ben was the HEF recipient of the 2022 Community Person of the Year award, as well as the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 ’10 Over The Next Ten’ award. He also enjoys fundraising for Special Olympics Michigan’s Polar Plunge, Women Working Wonders / Sparrow Foundation’s Dapper Dads, and Carefree Medical’s Dancing with the Local Stars.
What are your specific goals for Tri-Star Trust clients?
Two very important and inter-connected things. First, that they constantly think of us as their most trusted and valued wealth management partner. Second, and much more importantly, that they feel valued by us. It’s not enough that they appreciate Tri-Star as their partner in life, but we must go further to ensure that every one of our clients recognizes just how much we value them, their families, and their overall well-being.
What is your favorite quote?
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better … it’s not.” – The Lorax
What do you enjoy doing in your personal time?
Absolutely everything with my kids. They are my life. Everything that I do, I do for them. Clara, Jack, and Henry certainly keep me on my toes, and I love every second of it.
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