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Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Edward J. Wehmer
President & Chief Executive Officer
A Wintrust founder, Ed Wehmer has served since May 1998 as president and CEO of the Company. He is responsible for overseeing the execution of Wintrust’s day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. Prior to his current roles, he served as Wintrust president and chief operating officer since its formation in 1996, and as Lake Forest Bank & Trust president from 1991 to 1998. Ed has been a director since 1996, and serves as an advisory director of each of the Company’s main operating subsidiaries. He is the only member of the Board who is also a manager of the Company. As such, he provides views of Company management and substantial insight into Company operations. As an employee of the Company since its inception, he also provides historical context for the Board’s discussions. Ed 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, particularly in the area of bank mergers and acquisitions. Ed serves on the board of directors of Stepan Company (NYSE), a chemical manufacturing and distribution company. He also serves as a director of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and 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, and on the finance board of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
David A. Dykstra
Senior Excecutive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Dave Dykstra joined Wintrust in 1995 and currently serves as the Company's chief operating officer, providing leadership to core critical operational functions inclusive of information technology and other strategic initiatives. Dave also serves as a senior market head overseeing First Insurance Funding and First Insurance Funding of Canada and is a director for each of those entities. Prior to 2002, he served as the Company's chief financial officer. Before joining Wintrust, Dave worked for River Forest Bancorp, Inc., from 1990 to 1995, most recently as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to that, he spent seven years with KPMG LLP, most recently as audit manager in the banking practice.
Kathleen M. Boege
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Kate Boege joined Wintrust in September 2015 and manages all legal affairs of the Company, as well as assisting banks and non-bank subsidiaries with legal matters. Prior to joining Wintrust, from January 2013 through August 2015, Kate served as general counsel and corporate secretary for Freightcar America, Inc. Prior to that, from August 2011 through December 2012, she served as chief administrative officer, general counsel and secretary at Bally Total Fitness Corporation. Kate also served as vice president, associate general counsel and assistant secretary at the Chicago Stock Exchange, and, before that, worked in private practices at two Chicago law firms from 1991 to 1999.
Lloyd M. Bowden
Executive Vice President, Wintrust Technology
Lloyd Bowden has served as executive vice president of Wintrust Technology since September 1996. He is responsible for overall technology oversight and strategic planning for Wintrust, as well as for planning, implementing and maintaining all aspects of internal data processing systems and technology designed to service Wintrust and its customer base. Lloyd joined the Company in April 1996 to serve as the director of Technology with responsibility for implementing technological improvements to enhance customer service capabilities. Prior to joining Wintrust, he was employed by Electronic Data Systems, Inc. in various capacities since 1982, most recently, in an executive management position with the Banking Services Division and, previously, in the Banking Group of the Management Consulting Division.
Timothy S. Crane
Executive Vice President & Senior Market Head
Tim Crane joined Wintrust in August 2008 and is the senior market head overseeing the 15 Wintrust Charter Banks. In this role, Tim provides leadership for coordinated activity related to services that will be delivered across all banks. Tim was also appointed to serve as Corporate Treasurer of the company in January 2016. Prior to joining the Company, he served as president and head of Retail Banking of Harris Bank in Chicago where he was employed for 24 years. Tim serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Family Services and the Bank Administration Institute. In addition, Tim is a director of several of the Wintrust Charter Banks, including the two largest banks, Lake Forest Bank & Trust and Wintrust Bank.
Guy W. Eisenhuth
Executive Vice President & Regional Market Head
Since January 2014, Guy Eisenhuth has served as Wintrust executive vice president and regional market head and currently oversees Barrington Bank & Trust, Schaumburg Bank & Trust, St. Charles Bank & Trust and Village Bank & Trust. Guy originally joined the Wintrust family in 2010 as Village Bank & Trust President and CEO. Prior to joining the Company, Guy 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, culminating in the role of senior vice president, group head Middle Market Banking.
Leona A. Gleason
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Leona Gleason joined Wintrust 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, she was executive vice president at FBOP Corporation, a $19 billion, privately held bank holding company. Her primary responsibilities included Human Resources, Training, Compliance, Community Reinvestment Act, Bank Secrecy Act, Risk Management, Operations and Information Technology. Prior to her association with FBOP, from 1977 to 1996, Leona was senior vice president at Corus Bankshares, Inc. where she managed Retail Banking, Operations, Information Technology, Compliance and Human Resources. From 1972 to 1977, she was vice president at Boulevard Bank.
David L. Larson
Executive Vice President & Regional Market Head
Dave Larson joined Wintrust in April 2010 and serves as executive vice president and regional market head overseeing Beverly Bank & Trust, Old Plank Trail Community Bank, and Wheaton Bank & Trust and as a director for each of those banks. Dave was the president and CEO of Wheatland Bank from December 2009 to April 2010 when it was taken into receivership by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and acquired by Wintrust. From 1995 until 2009, Dave 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, he served in various commercial banking positions at American National Bank from 1987 to 1995.
Richard B. Murphy
Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer
Since January 2002, Rich Murphy has served as Wintrust’s chief credit officer, responsible for coordinating all the credit functions of the Company. He also oversees Wintrust’s Managed Asset Division, which directs collection efforts for the Company, its purchased portfolios as well as the Mortgage and Treasury Management Divisions. Rich served as Hinsdale Bank & Trust president from 1996 to 2005. From 1993 until his promotion to president of Hinsdale Bank & Trust, he served as the executive vice president and senior lender at the bank. Prior to his association with the Company, he served as president of the First State Bank of Calumet City. Rich serves on the board of the Big Shoulders Fund, the Foundation Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the St. Angela's Education Foundation and is a trustee of the Greenwood School in Putney, VT.
David L. Stoehr
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Dave Stoehr joined Wintrust in January 2002 and manages all financial and accounting affairs of the Company, including internal and external financial reporting. Prior to joining Wintrust, Dave was senior vice president, Reporting & Analysis at Firstar and U.S. Bancorp and director of Finance and controller of Associated Banc-Corp with primary responsibilities for financial accounting and reporting, business unit financial management and data warehouse design and implementation. Prior to his association with Associated Banc-Corp, he 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 & Market Head of Wealth Management Services
Tom Zidar joined Wintrust in 2006 and also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Wintrust Wealth Management. Prior to joining Wintrust, he 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, Wayne Hummer Investments and The Chicago Trust Company.

Directors

Peter D. Crist
Mr. Crist has served as the Company’s chairman from 2008 to 2017. In 2003, Mr. Crist founded Crist/Kolder Associates, an executive recruitment firm, which focuses on chief executive officer and director searches, and has served since inception as its chairman and CEO. 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, 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 also serves as a director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Mr. Crist is a director of Hinsdale Bank & Trust.

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 & Trust gives him valuable insight into the Company’s banking operations.
Bruce K. Crowther
Mr. Crowther served as president and CEO of Northwest Community Healthcare, Northwest Community Hospital and certain 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 Chairman of the board of directors of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. Additionally, he serves as a director of NeoGenomics, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Crowther is a director of Barrington Bank & Trust.

Mr. Crowther’s experience as president and CEO 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 director of Barrington Bank & Trust 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.
Zed S. Francis III
Mr. Francis has worked as a private investor since 2007. From 1999 to 2007, he served as managing director and head of Global Portfolio Strategies Execution for Bank of America, where he managed corporate credit risk utilizing credit derivatives and other securities. Until 2007, Mr. Francis held numerous positions of increasing seniority at Bank of America and its predecessor entities since 1978. Mr. Francis also served as an independent director of Quadrant Structured Credit Products LLC from 2007 to 2009. He currently serves on the board of directors of Bridge Communities and Hinsdale Bank & Trust.

Mr. Francis’ many years of experience in the banking industry, including service in executive leadership roles at Bank of America, provide him extensive knowledge of the financial services industry. His experience with risk management, credit portfolio management, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and commercial banking give him insight into the opportunities and challenges posed to a growth-oriented, Chicago-based community bank. Mr. Francis’ experience as a current director of Hinsdale Bank & Trust gives him valuable insight to the Company’s banking operations.
Marla F. Glabe
Ms. Glabe has served since 2011 as the lead managing director for MasterMind Advisory Board (“MasterMind”), a corporation offering advisory services to CEOs and business entrepreneurs. Prior to founding MasterMind in 2011, Ms. Glabe served as a senior executive with Allstate Insurance Company and served as a member of the board of directors of Allstate Life Insurance Company. From 1974 to 2009, she served in various executive positions at Allstate Insurance Company and its affiliates. Since 2013, Ms. Glabe has been on the board of Royal Neighbors of America, a fraternal insurance company offering life insurance and financial solutions. Ms. Glabe serves on the boards of Northwest Community Healthcare and Royal Neighbors Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers and the Society of Actuaries as well as an executive mentor for The Menttium Program. Ms. Glabe is a director of FIRST Insurance Funding Corp. and the boards associated with Wintrust Wealth Management.

Ms. Glabe’s work at MasterMind and Allstate gives her in-depth experience managing and providing leadership at sophisticated nationwide organizations in highly regulated businesses, and building and developing new businesses, each of which is critical to the Company. Her knowledge of the insurance industry gives her insight into an area which, through the Company’s insurance premium financing business, impacts a substantial and growing 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 as a current director of FIRST Insurance Funding Corp. and the boards associated with Wintrust Wealth Management gives her valuable insight to the Company’s non-banking operations.
Scott K. Heitmann
Mr. Heitmann, retired for the past ten years, has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, including his service as vice chairman of LaSalle Bank Corporation and president, chairman and CEO of Standard Federal Bank from 1997 to 2005. He served as the president and CEO 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, Wayne Hummer 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 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.
Christopher J. Perry
Mr. Perry is currently a partner at CIVC Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm which he joined in 1994 after leading Continental Bank’s 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 30 years. During his time at CIVC Partners, he has served on the boards of more than 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, Continental Bank’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 nearly 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 has held various positions since 1977 with Northwestern University, where she is currently vice president for Financial Operations and Treasurer. 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. In 2013, Ms. Stafford was elected to the national governing council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she is a member of its audit 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 as vice president for Financial Operations and Treasurer of Northwestern University provides experience with the management of the liquidity, financial reporting, risk and audit management of a large organization. She serves in a management support role to its board of trustees’ audit, risk and compliance committee and finance and investment committees. In addition, as a member of the investment committees 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. He has served on the boards of directors of numerous private companies over the past 30 years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, The University of Notre Dame Graduate Alumni Board for the Mendoza College of Business and Town Bank.

Mr. Sweeney’s experience provides him with extensive knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, raising capital, and the investment process, each of which are key functions of the Company. His knowledge of underwriting approaches and valuation methodologies will be valuable in evaluations of proposed transactions. 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.
Sheila G. Talton
Since March 2013, Ms. Talton has served as president and CEO of Gray Matter Analytics which focuses on data analytics consulting services in the financial services and healthcare industries. From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Talton was president of SGT, Ltd., a firm that provides strategy and technology consulting services in global markets in the financial services, healthcare and technology business sectors. From 2008 to 2011, she served as vice president, Office of Globalization, for Cisco Systems, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of networking, switching and server/virtualization technology products related to the communication and information technology industries. Prior to that time, Ms. Talton held leadership positions at Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini and EDS. Ms. Talton serves on the boards of OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE) and Deere & Company (NYSE).

Ms. Talton’s extensive knowledge of information technology systems and technology security issues permit her to provide guidance on critical issues to the Company’s successful growth and the role of technology in enabling such growth. Ms. Talton’s experience in technology systems provides her with insight into the challenges of securely providing a diverse client base with a broad array of financial services. In addition, her experience in senior leadership with Cisco Systems, EDS and others and serving as a director of other publicly held companies provides her with knowledge of the issues faced by large and complex businesses. Ms. Talton also brings substantial operational and management experience to the board.
Edward J. Wehmer
A Wintrust founder, Ed Wehmer has served since May 1998 as president and CEO of the Company. He is responsible for overseeing the execution of Wintrust’s day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. Prior to his current roles, he served as Wintrust president and chief operating officer since its formation in 1996, and as Lake Forest Bank & Trust president from 1991 to 1998. Ed has been a director since 1996, and serves as an advisory director of each of the Company’s main operating subsidiaries. He is the only member of the Board who is also a manager of the Company. As such, he provides views of Company management and substantial insight into Company operations. As an employee of the Company since its inception, he also provides historical context for the Board’s discussions. Ed 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, particularly in the area of bank mergers and acquisitions. Ed serves on the board of directors of Stepan Company (NYSE), a chemical manufacturing and distribution company. He also serves as a director of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and 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, and on the finance board of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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