Afendoulis, who is the director of corporate communications for Universal, will serve on the 10-member board of Legacy Trust, an independent, locally owned trust bank that specializes in wealth management. She will also serve on the firm’s Marketing Committee, which brings together internal and board resources with external resources in marketing, advertising, branding and public relations to promote Legacy Trust. Her appointment has been approved by Michigan’s Office of Financial and Insurance Services.
Afendoulis has 30 years of extensive experience in media and corporate communications, including nine at Universal Forest Products. In her current role with the nearly $2 billion manufacturer of wood and wood-alternative products, Afendoulis is responsible for public and investor relations, internal communications and community affairs.
Previously, she held positions as a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press and The Tampa Tribune, and as a senior consultant for the former Greystone Group, a consulting firm that had offices in Washington, D.C., Grand Rapids and Chicago. She previously served on the Legacy board from 2004 until 2008.
“Legacy Trust is pleased to welcome Lynn back to our board of directors,” said William Walker, CEO of Legacy Trust. “She brings solid experience in media and corporate communications to our organization, which continues to enjoy strong growth. Lynn is active and engaged in the West Michigan community and will be a great asset in helping our team connect to businesses and organizations.”
Afendoulis has used her communications experience and her commitment to community to benefit many non-profit organizations as well as her church. She currently chairs the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation and has served on numerous boards, including Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, Circle Theatre and her church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Afendoulis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. She currently resides in Cascade with her family.
About Legacy Trust
Legacy Trust is an independent, locally owned, Michigan-chartered bank that specializes in providing investment and wealth-management services to individuals, families, foundations and non-profits in West Michigan. Legacy Trust delivers highly customized financial and investment solutions tailored to meet the unique situation of each client. For more information, visit us at www.legacygr.com.
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