Franklin Bank, Southfield, Mich., has promoted Karen A. Gilbert to vice president in the commercial lending department, from assistant vice president.

Before joining Franklin in 1995, Ms. Gilbert was an assistant vice president in the commercial lending department at First of America Bank, Kalamazoo, Mich.

In addition, Franklin Bank elected the first new member to its board since it was founded in 1984. Rebecca J. Christian is also the first woman to join the board.

Ms. Christian, senior vice president of marketing and communications since 1991, joined Franklin Bank in 1984.

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