Gary Torgow is a talented businessman, author, and community leader. Today he serves as the Chairman of Huntington National Bank.
Gary Torgow was also the Chairman of Chemical Financial Corporation, the holding company for Chemical Bank, before they acquired TCF Financial Corporation and adopted the name. Even before the acquisition, TCF was the largest bank headquartered in Michigan.
Chemical Bank previously merged with Talmer Bank, where Mr. Torgow served as Founder and Chairman. Gary is also the founder of the Sterling Group, a Michigan-based real estate, development and investment company, which has acquired, developed and operated several important landmark properties in southeastern Michigan.
TCF Bank was acquired by Ohio-based Huntington Bank in 2021. After merging, the group now has dual headquarters in both Detroit, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio. The combined company and bank operates under the Huntington name and brand. Stephen D. Steinour now acts as the chairman, president and CEO of the company. Torgow is the chairman of the board of directors.
The merger created a top 10 U.S. regional bank, with a market value of approximately $22 billion. Torgow believes that the partnership provides the companies with better investment opportunities in the community, more jobs, and a better customer experience.
Gary Torgow also currently serves on the Board of Jackson National Life Insurance Company of New York and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Gary Torgow is also a Trustee of the Skillman Foundation, a private philanthropy group that serves as a champion of Detroit children. Founded in 1960, the group is dedicated to making sure that Detroit’s kids are prepared and positioned to be tomorrow’s leaders. They work towards this goal in two main areas: Education and Economic Well-Being. Their work includes strengthening K-12 public education, afterschool learning opportunities, and college and career pathways. Gary was appointed to be on the Board of Trustees in September of 2020. Members are chosen for their dedication to the city of Detroit and active work to help make it better for all its inhabitants. Gary is a member of the Board of Business Leaders of Michigan and the Detroit Downtown Partnership. He is a Trustee and Board member of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan and was previously on the Foundation Boards of Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital. Gary Torgow also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Touro College, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, is a Senior Vice President of the Orthodox Union and the Board President of Detroit’s largest Jewish Day School, the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah. Mr. Torgow was recently elected Chairman of the Mosaic United Steering Committee, an Israeli Jewish Initiative for the benefit of the Diaspora Jewry.
Gary Torgow has served as a volunteer on numerous civic and communal boards, including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, both of which he served as Chairman.
Gary has won numerous awards including the Frank A. Wetsman Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the NAACP’s Fannie Lou Hamer “Keeping the Spirit Moving” Award, and the Wayne State University Law School Outstanding Alumni Award.
Gary is a graduate of Yeshiva University and Wayne State University School of Law and is a member in good standing of the Michigan Bar Association. Gary Torgow is married with five children.