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Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Edward Joseph Wehmer
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wehmer serves as the Company’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Accordingly, he is responsible for overseeing the execution of the Company’s day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. Mr. Wehmer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from May 1998 to February 2020, at which point he was named Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to May 1998, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since its formation in 1996. He served as the President of Lake Forest Bank from 1991 to 1998. He serves as an Advisory Director of each of the Company’s main operating subsidiaries. Mr. Wehmer is a certified public accountant and earlier in his career spent seven years with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP specializing in the banking field and particularly in the area of bank mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wehmer serves as Lead Independent Director on the board of directors of Stepan Company (NYSE), a chemical manufacturing and distribution company. He also serves as a director of the Catholic Extension Society, on the audit committee of Northwestern Memorial Health Care, as a trustee for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Foundation, as chair of Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, and on the Finance Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Mr. Wehmer is the only member of the Board who is also an executive officer of the Company. As such, he provides the views of the management of the Company and substantial insight into the operations of the Company. As an employee of the Company since its inception, he also provides historical context for the Board’s discussions.
David Alan Dykstra
Vice Chairman & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Dykstra joined the Company in 1995 and currently serves as the Company’s Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held since February 2020. He previously had held the title of Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer since 2002. Prior to 2002, Mr. Dykstra served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dykstra was employed from 1990 to 1995 by River Forest Bancorp, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, most recently holding the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his association with River Forest Bancorp, Mr. Dykstra spent seven years with KPMG LLP, most recently holding the position of Audit Manager in the banking practice. Mr. Dykstra is a Director of Chicago Deferred Exchange Company, LLC, State Bank of The Lakes, and Tricom.
Kathleen M. Boege
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Boege joined the Company in September 2015. Ms. Boege manages all legal affairs of the Company, as well as assisting banks and non-bank subsidiaries with legal matters. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Boege served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of FreightCar America, Inc. from January 2013 through August 2015. She joined FreightCar America, Inc. from Bally Total Fitness Corporation (“Bally”) where she served as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary from August 2011 through December 2012. Prior to this role, she held other leadership roles in legal and human resources at Bally commencing in 2007. Prior to joining Bally, Ms. Boege was Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at the Chicago Stock Exchange. Prior to joining the Chicago Stock Exchange, Ms. Boege worked in private practice at two Chicago law firms from 1991 to 1999.
Timothy S. Crane
President
Mr. Crane joined the Company in August 2008. In February, 2020, he was appointed President, after previously holding the title of Executive Vice President, Senior Market Head and Treasurer since February 2017. He oversees Wintrust’s subsidiary banks, banking operations and treasury function. In January 2016, he was appointed to serve as Corporate Treasurer of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Crane served as President of Harris Bank in Chicago where he was employed for 24 years. Mr. Crane serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Family Services and the Bank Administration Institute and serves as a trustee of DePaul University. In addition, Mr. Crane is Chairman of the Company’s two largest bank subsidiaries, Lake Forest Bank and Wintrust Bank.
Guy W. Eisenhuth
Executive Vice President & Regional Market Head
Mr. Eisenhuth joined the Company in January 2010 as president and CEO of Village Bank & Trust and was promoted in January 2014 to executive vice president and regional market head and currently oversees Barrington Bank & Trust, Schaumburg Bank & Trust, St. Charles Bank & Trust and Village Bank & Trust. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Eisenhuth served as head of commercial banking of Fifth Third Bank in Chicago where he was employed for one year and worked for several years at J.P. Morgan Chase, and predecessors, ultimately serving as senior vice president-group head, middle market banking. Mr. Eisenhuth is a director of Barrington Bank & Trust, Schaumburg Bank & Trust, St. Charles Bank & Trust and Village Bank & Trust.
Leona A. Gleason
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Ms. Gleason joined the Company in January 2010 and oversees certain administrative affairs of the Company including Operations, Compliance, Community Reinvestment Act, Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering. From 1996 to 2009, Ms. Gleason was Executive Vice President at FBOP Corporation, a $19 billion privately-held bank holding company. She had primary responsibility for Human Resources, Training, Compliance, Community Reinvestment Act, Bank Secrecy Act, Risk Management, Retail, Operations and Information Technology. Prior to her association with FBOP, from 1977 to 1996, Ms. Gleason was Senior Vice President at Corus Bankshares, Inc. where she managed Retail Banking, Operations, Information Technology, Compliance and Human Resources and from 1972 to 1977 was Vice President at Boulevard Bank.
David L. Larson
Executive Vice President & Regional Market Head
Mr. Larson joined the Company in April 2010. He oversees the Managed Asset Division of the Company which directs collection efforts for both the Company’s loan portfolios. Mr. Larson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wheatland Bank from December 2009 to April 2010, when it was taken into receivership by the FDIC and acquired by the Company. From 1995 until 2009, Mr. Larson served in various executive positions at Chicago subsidiaries of FBOP Corporation, a $19 billion privately-held bank holding company. Prior to his association with FBOP, Mr. Larson served in various commercial banking positions at American National Bank from 1987 to 1995. Mr. Larson is the Chairman of Beverly Bank and a Director of Old Plank Trail Community Bank and Wheaton Bank.
Richard B. Murphy
Vice Chairman, Lending
In February 2020, Mr. Murphy became Vice Chairman, Lending, after previously holding the title of Chief Credit Officer since January 2002. He is responsible for coordinating all the credit functions of the Company as well as its mortgage banking business. Mr. Murphy served as the President of Hinsdale Bank from 1996 until December of 2005. From 1993 until his promotion to President of Hinsdale Bank, Mr. Murphy served as the Executive Vice President and Senior Lender of Hinsdale Bank. Prior to his association with the Company, Mr. Murphy served as President of the First State Bank of Calumet City. Mr. Murphy is on the Board of the Big Shoulders Fund, the Keystone Board of Shirley Ryan Ability Labs, and the Advisory Board of After School Matters. Mr. Murphy is married to the sister of Mr. Wehmer’s wife. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of First Insurance Funding and Wintrust Life Finance.
David L. Stoehr
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Stoehr joined the Company in January 2002 and manages all financial and accounting affairs of the Company, including internal and external financial reporting. Previously, Mr. Stoehr was senior vice president/Reporting & Analysis at Firstar/U.S. Bancorp, director of finance/controller of Associated Banc-Corp with primary responsibility for financial accounting and reporting, business unit financial management and data warehouse design and implementation. Prior to his association with Associated Banc-Corp, Mr. Stoehr was assistant vice president/Balance Sheet Management at Huntington Bancshares, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, from 1993 to 1995 and Financial Reporting Officer at Valley Bancorporation, Appleton, Wisconsin, from 1983 to 1993.
Thomas P. Zidar
Executive Vice President & Senior Market Head of Wealth Management Services
Mr. Zidar joined the Company in 2006 and also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wintrust Wealth Management. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zidar worked at ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank for nine years, most recently as Executive Vice President in the Personal Financial Services group of LaSalle Bank, responsible for five business units. Throughout Mr. Zidar’s tenure with ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of ABN AMRO Financial Services; Senior Vice President, Integration Management; Senior Vice President/First Vice President, Acquisitions & Corporate Capital; and Vice President, Profit Enhancement. Previously, Mr. Zidar held positions as an Associate at A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm, in Chicago, and as a Financial Analyst and Associate at TTG, an investment banking firm, in New York and London. Mr. Zidar serves as a Director of Great Lakes Advisors, Wintrust Investments, The Chicago Trust Company, and Chicago Deferred Exchange Company.

Directors

Peter D. Crist

Mr. Crist served as the Company’s Chairman from 2008 to 2017. He currently is the chair of the Nominating Committee. Mr. Crist founded Crist/Kolder Associates, an executive recruitment firm which focuses on chief executive officer and director searches, in 2003 and has served since inception as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. From December 1999 to January 2003, Mr. Crist served as Vice Chairman of Korn/Ferry International (NYSE), the largest executive search firm in the world. Previously, he was President of Crist Partners, Ltd., an executive search firm he founded in 1995 and sold to Korn/Ferry International in 1999. Immediately prior thereto he was Co-Head of North America and the Managing Director of the Chicago office of Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc., the largest executive search firm in the Midwest, where he was employed for more than 18 years. He currently serves as a director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Crist is a director of Hinsdale Bank.

Mr. Crist’s experience assisting companies with executive searches provides him with insight into the attraction and retention of Company personnel, an important concern of the Company. In addition, Mr. Crist’s experience as an executive of several large, Chicago-based businesses provides him with insight into the management and operational challenges and opportunities facing the Company in its markets. He also brings experience as the chair of the compensation committee of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In addition, Mr. Crist’s experience as a director of Hinsdale Bank gives him valuable insight into the Company’s banking operations.

Bruce K. Crowther

Mr. Crowther served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Community Healthcare, Northwest Community Hospital and certain of its affiliates (“Northwest Community”) from January 1992 until his retirement in December 2013. Prior to that time he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Northwest Community from 1989 to 1991. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Crowther is the past Chairman of the board of directors of the Illinois Hospital Association as well as recent former Chairman of the board of directors of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. Additionally, he serves as a director of NeoGenomics, Inc. (NASDAQ), of Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE), and of Gray Matter Analytics, a private-equity company. Mr. Crowther resigned as a director of Barrington Bank in January, 2020.

Mr. Crowther’s experience as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Community provides him with insight into the challenges of leading a large and complex organization in the greater Chicago area and an understanding of the operation and management of a large business. In addition, Mr. Crowther’s experience as a former director of Barrington Bank gives him valuable insight into the Company’s banking operations.

William J. Doyle

Mr. Doyle served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (“PotashCorp”), one of the world’s largest fertilizer suppliers, for 15 years, and retired in July 2015. Mr. Doyle formerly served as President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, a trade association representing the global fertilizer industry, and was a board member of Canpotex and the International Plant Nutrition Institute.

Mr. Doyle is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Chairman of the University’s Board of Directors. He is also on the board of the Big Shoulders Fund, a charity providing support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.

Mr. Doyle’s experience as President and Chief Executive Officer of PotashCorp provides him with insight into the challenges of leading a large and complex global organization with key operations throughout the world, as well as an understanding of the operation and management of, and governance and regulatory considerations associated with, a large public company.

Marla F. Glabe

Ms. Glabe has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry including her service as a senior executive with Allstate Insurance Company (“Allstate”) and as a member of the board of directors of Allstate Life Insurance Company. From 1974 to 2009, she held various executive positions at Allstate and its affiliates. From 2011 until March of 2019, Ms. Glabe served as the Lead Managing Director for MasterMind Advisory Board, a corporation offering advisory services to CEOs and business entrepreneurs. Ms. Glabe is Senior Advisor for Management Control International, Inc., a privately owned family asset management firm, serves on the boards of Royal Neighbors of America, a fraternal life insurance company, and Northwest Community Healthcare, and is a member of the Society of Actuaries. Ms. Glabe is a director of Great Lakes Advisors, Wintrust Investments, and The Chicago Trust Company and serves on the Executive Advisory Committee for First Insurance Funding and Wintrust Life Finance.

Ms. Glabe’s business experience gives her in-depth knowledge of managing and providing leadership at sophisticated nationwide organizations in highly regulated businesses. Her knowledge of the insurance industry gives her insight into an area which, through the Company’s insurance premium financing business, impacts a substantial portion of the Company’s business. In addition, her experience in leadership provides Ms. Glabe with knowledge of the issues faced by large and complex businesses in the financial services industry. As a result of her financial experience, Ms. Glabe qualifies as a financial expert for purposes of rules governing audit committees. Ms. Glabe’s experience on the Executive Advisory Committee for First Insurance Funding and Wintrust Life Finance and as a current director of the boards associated with Wintrust Wealth Management gives her valuable insight into the Company’s non-banking operations.

H. Patrick Hackett Jr.
Non Executive Chairman

Mr. Hackett has served as the Company’s Chairman since 2017. Mr. Hackett has been the Managing Member of HHS Partners, LLC, an investment company located in the Chicago area, since 2001. Previously, he served for 12 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of RREEF Capital, Inc. and as Principal of The RREEF Funds, an international commercial real estate investment management firm. Mr. Hackett taught real estate finance at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management for 15 years when he also served on the real estate advisory boards of Kellogg and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on the boards of First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE) and Northwestern University. Mr. Hackett is an advisory director of Wintrust Bank.

Mr. Hackett’s experience provides him deep familiarity with financial modeling and underwriting approaches toward valuing corporate and bank acquisitions, as well as commercial real estate, which often serves as collateral for the Company’s products. Mr. Hackett’s experience as an advisory director of Wintrust Bank and as a bank auditor, early in his career, give him valuable insight into bank accounting of the Company’s banking operations.

Scott Keith Heitmann

Mr. Heitmann, retired for the past 14 years, has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry, including his service as Vice Chairman of LaSalle Bank Corporation and President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Federal Bank from 1997 to 2005. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Community Bank Group and LaSalle Bank FSB from 1988 to 1996. Mr. Heitmann currently serves as an Advisory Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois. Mr. Heitmann has previously served as a director of LaSalle Bank Corporation, Standard Federal Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. Mr. Heitmann is a director of Great Lakes Advisors, Wintrust Investments, The Chicago Trust Company, and Wintrust Bank.

Mr. Heitmann’s experience in the banking industry, including service in executive leadership roles at LaSalle Bank Corporation and Standard Federal Bank, provide him with knowledge of the financial services business, generally, and the business of community banking, in particular. His experience as a former bank lender also provides insight into the Company’s community banking business. In addition, his experience with LaSalle Bank’s various predecessors provides him with insight into the opportunities and challenges posed to a growth-oriented Chicago-based community bank. As a result of his financial experience, Mr. Heitmann qualifies as a financial expert for purposes of rules governing audit committees. Mr. Heitmann’s experience as a director of Wintrust Bank and the boards associated with Wintrust Wealth Management gives him valuable insight into the Company’s banking, brokerage and investment advisory operations.

Deborah L. Hall Lefevre

Ms. Lefevre currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of Couche-Tard/Circle K (“Circle K”), where she is responsible for global technology and digital strategy and execution across a network of approximately 15,500 locations operated by Circle K, a multinational operator of convenience stores. From 2003 until joining Circle K in 2017, Ms. Lefevre served in various management positions within the Information Technology department of McDonald’s Corporation, including Corporate Vice President, Global Enterprise Solutions and Business Transformation (2015-17); Chief Information Officer, U.S. Segment (2013-15); and Vice President, IT Enterprise (2008-13).

Ms. Lefevre’s extensive knowledge of information technology systems and information security issues will provide the Company with sophisticated guidance regarding the Company’s technology and information security strategy and tactical objectives. In addition, her experience as a senior executive of two large, highly-complex public companies provides her with comprehensive knowledge of the issues faced by complex businesses.

Christopher J. Perry

Mr. Perry is currently a partner at CIVC Partners LLC (“CIVC Partners”), a private equity investment firm which he joined in 1994 after leading Continental Bank’s (“Continental”) Mezzanine Investments and Structured Finance groups. Prior to joining Continental in 1985, he served as a Vice President in the Corporate Finance Department of the Northern Trust Company. He has been in the financial services industry for the past 36 years. During his time at CIVC Partners, he has served on the boards of over a dozen public and private companies. Mr. Perry previously served as a director of Wintrust from 2001 to 2002.

Mr. Perry’s role as a partner of CIVC Partners gives him insight into a broad range of privately held companies across a number of industries, including financial services. In addition, his experience as a leader at CIVC Partners, Continental’s Mezzanine Investments Group and Structured Finance Group gives him insight into complex capital structures, financial instruments and all aspects of transactions. Mr. Perry’s more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry have given him considerable experience in many aspects of the industry during several credit and economic cycles.

Ingrid S. Stafford

Ms. Stafford held various positions with Northwestern University from 1977 to 2019, when she retired as Senior Advisor to the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance. Ms. Stafford is a trustee of the Evanston Alternative Opportunities Fund, an SEC registered fund advised by Evanston Capital Management. She is chair of its audit committee and a member of its fund valuation committee. As of April 2019, Ms. Stafford began service as a director of USAT, Inc. (NASDAQ), a financial service technology company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Additionally in 2019, Ms. Stafford concluded her service as a director of the national governing council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she was chair of its audit committee and member of its executive and finance committees. She also serves on the investment and audit committees of the Evanston Community Foundation. She is an emeritus director of Wittenberg University where she served from 1993 to 2006, including serving as Board Chair from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Stafford is a director of Wintrust Bank.

Ms. Stafford’s experience in financial management at Northwestern University, including prior service as Vice President for Financial Operations and Treasurer, provides experience with the management of the liquidity, financial reporting, risk and audit management of a large organization. She served in a management support role to its Board of Trustees’ Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Finance and Investment Committees. In addition, as a member of the investment committee of the Evanston Community Foundation, she has experience with investment strategy and asset allocation. She also has experience as an audit committee member and chair of the Board of Pensions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (now known as Portico Benefit Services) and audit committee member of Wittenberg University. As a result of her financial experience, Ms. Stafford qualifies as a financial expert for purposes of rules governing audit committees. In addition, Ms. Stafford’s experience as a director of Wintrust Bank gives her valuable insight into the Company’s banking operations.

Gary D. "Joe" Sweeney

Mr. Sweeney serves as strategic advisor to Corporate Financial Advisors, LLC (“CFA”), a middle-market investment banking firm, which specializes in providing merger and acquisition advisory services, capital sourcing, exit planning and general corporate advisory services. From 2000 to April 2015, Mr. Sweeney was a co-owner and a managing director of CFA. Prior to that time, he founded and served as president of Sports Marketing and Management Group, LLC, a sports marketing and management firm that specializes in assisting and representing coaches and professional athletes in securing contracts and marketing opportunities. Mr. Sweeney is a published best-selling author and a frequent public speaker. Mr. Sweeney has served on the boards of directors of numerous private companies over the past 35 years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Town Bank, The University of Notre Dame Graduate Alumni Board for the Mendoza College of Business, Integrity Grading and Excavation Corp., and numerous private equity companies.

Mr. Sweeney’s experience provides him with extensive knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and the investment process, each of which are key functions of the Company. His knowledge of underwriting approaches and valuation methodologies are valuable in evaluations of proposed transactions. Mr. Sweeney’s experience also provides him with familiarity with the management of the liquidity, financial reporting, risk and audit management of a large organization. As a result of his financial experience, Mr. Sweeney qualifies as a financial expert for purposes of rules governing audit committees. In addition, his experience in leadership provides Mr. Sweeney with knowledge of the issues faced by large and complex businesses. Mr. Sweeney’s experience as a current director of Town Bank gives him valuable insight to the Company’s banking operations.

Karin Gustafson Teglia

Ms. Teglia is President of DEKK Enterprises, LLC, an incubator that develops innovative concepts and go-to-market strategies for consumer products and services and DEKK Investments, LLC. Ms. Teglia also has served since 2009 as an advisor to TRP Investments, LLC, a commercial real estate investor. Prior to this role, Ms. Teglia served in various corporate finance management and international tax roles within McDonald’s Corporation, including Corporate Senior Vice President, Finance (2007-08); Corporate Vice President, Finance (2005-07) and Corporate Vice President of Tax (2001-05). Prior to joining McDonald’s Corporation in 1995, Ms. Teglia began her career as an international tax consultant with Price Waterhouse. Ms. Teglia is a certified public accountant and an attorney licensed to practice in Illinois.

Ms. Teglia currently serves as a director of Tricom as well as a director of Hinsdale Bank, chairing its Audit Committee and also serving on its Risk Committee. She also served on an Advisory Panel of the National Academy of Sciences, focusing on food allergy research, and serves on the Food Allergy Research and Education Board of National Ambassadors.

Ms. Teglia’s management experience at McDonald’s Corporation provides experience with the management of the liquidity, financial reporting, risk and audit management of a large organization. As a result of her financial experience, Ms. Teglia qualifies as a financial expert for purposes of rules governing audit committees. Additionally, Ms. Teglia’s experience as a director of Hinsdale Bank gives her valuable insight into the Company’s banking operations, as well as experience as an audit committee member and chair.

Alex E. Washington III

Mr. Washington serves as a Managing Director of Wind Point Partners, a middle market private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois with approximately $3.0 billion in assets under management. He has held this position since 2009. Mr. Washington currently serves on the boards of several private companies, including A&R Logistics, Ascensus Specialties, ClockspringNRI, and Kleinfelder Group. Past directorships include Argotec, Arr-Maz Custom Chemicals, Dicom Transportation Group, Evans Food Group, Novolex, and Paragon Films. Prior to Wind Point Partners, he held professional roles with J.H. Whitney, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, and McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Washington received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Morehouse College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a director of Wintrust Bank, where he chairs its Audit Committee. His civic activities include serving as a board member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, board member of the Chicago Urban League, life trustee of the Chicago Foundation for Education, and member of both the Chicago Club and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Mr. Washington’s extensive private equity experience provides him with comprehensive knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and the investment process, each of which are key functions of the Company. The Board believes that his knowledge of underwriting approaches and valuation methodologies will be extremely valuable in evaluation of proposed transactions. Mr. Washington’s significant experience on the board of directors of other companies also provides him with familiarity with the management of the liquidity, financial reporting, risk and audit management of complex organizations.

Edward Joseph Wehmer
Mr. Wehmer serves as the Company’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Accordingly, he is responsible for overseeing the execution of the Company’s day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. Mr. Wehmer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from May 1998 to February 2020, at which point he was named Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to May 1998, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since its formation in 1996. He served as the President of Lake Forest Bank from 1991 to 1998. He serves as an Advisory Director of each of the Company’s main operating subsidiaries. Mr. Wehmer is a certified public accountant and earlier in his career spent seven years with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP specializing in the banking field and particularly in the area of bank mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wehmer serves as Lead Independent Director on the board of directors of Stepan Company (NYSE), a chemical manufacturing and distribution company. He also serves as a director of the Catholic Extension Society, on the audit committee of Northwestern Memorial Health Care, as a trustee for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Foundation, as chair of Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, and on the Finance Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Mr. Wehmer is the only member of the Board who is also an executive officer of the Company. As such, he provides the views of the management of the Company and substantial insight into the operations of the Company. As an employee of the Company since its inception, he also provides historical context for the Board’s discussions.
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