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Board Members

Barbara Blacklock

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Managing Director
Wells Fargo Advisors
Carbondale, Illinois

Chad Brandon

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Certified Risk Architect
Tedrick Group
Mount Vernon, Illinois

Chad Brandon is a Certified Risk Architect at the Tedrick Group in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  He partners with middle market organizations to design and build custom risk management programs in order to improve quality and increase efficiency.  Prior to this, he worked at MB Financial Bank from 2003 to 2010, in positions including credit analyst, commercial banking officer, assistant Vice President and Vice President of Commercial Banking.  He graduated from SIUC with a BS in Finance in 2003, and earned his MBA at DePaul University in 2009.

George H. Cook, Jr.

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Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
MacLean-Fogg Company
Mundelein, Illinois

George Cook has served as the Vice President of Finance and CFO of the MacLean-Fogg Company since 1994. Prior to his joining MacLean-Fogg, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Boulevard Bancorp, Inc. from 1989 to 1994. From 1985 through 1989, Mr. Cook served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of CR Industries. Mr. Cook is the former chair of the finance committee and audit committee of Condell Hospital, is the past president of the Chicago Chapter of Financial Executives International and has served on numerous boards of directors. Mr. Cook graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1973 with Bachelors of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1974. In 1979 he received an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) from the same institution in 2003. 

MacLean-Fogg is a private company invested in two businesses: automotive components and apparatus for the electric power industry. The company operates over 30 manufacturing facilities with worldwide sales of over $1 billion.

David Duxbury

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Group Senior Vice President
American Chartered Bank
Mt. Prospect, Illinois

David Duxbury is Group Senior Vice President at American Chartered Bank in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Prior to that, he served as Group Regional President and Commercial Banking Group Manager at MB Financial Bank in Chicago, Illinois. David has over 20 years of commercial banking experience, having held positions as senior vice president of Commercial Banking of Fifth Third Bank and vice president and division head of American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago. A native of Elmhurst, Illinois, David earned his B.S. degree in Finance from SIU.

Allen Schmale

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Chief Credit Officer
United Community Bank
Chatham, Illinois

Allen Schmale is the Chief Credit Officer at United Community Bank, located in Chatham, Illinois. He has previously held positions as Executive Vice President/Chief Lending Offer at Independent Bankers Bank (Springfield, Illinois), Bank President-Southwestern Illinois at Old National Bank, N.A. (O’Fallon, Illinois), President-Southwestern Illinois Region at US Bank, N.A. (Fairview Heights/Edwardsville, Illinois), and Commercial Hub President/St. Clair County at Firstar Bank, N.A. (Fairview Heights, Illinois). He has held the positions of Credit Analyst, Commercial Banker, and Vice President/Commercial Banking at various Mercantile Bank of St. Louis, N.A. locations in Illinois and Missouri. Allen received his B.S. in Finance with a minor in Economics from SIU in 1985 and his M.B.A. from SIUE in 1989.

Jeffrey J. Speith

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Market Executive
Banterra Bank
Carbondale, Illinois

Jeffrey J. Speith serves as the Market Executive for Banterra Bank. He oversees thirteen offices from Mt. Vernon, Illinois to Paducah, Kentucky. He has been with Banterra Bank since 2015. Jeff is active on the boards of This Able Veteran, Kiwanis of Carbondale, SIH Foundation, SIU Finance Committee and the JALC Foundation, and is active with local area Chambers and civic organizations in Jackson, Williamson, and Jefferson Counties in Southern Illinois. Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in management from SIU in 1993 and his M.B.A. from SIU in 1997. He also holds degrees from the BAI Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Wisconsin and the Kelley School of Business graduate programs at Indiana University.

Drew Stoker

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Group Manager (Retired)
The Boeing Company

Drew Stoker, before his retirement, was a Contracts & Pricing Manager in International Contracts & Finance in Boeing's Defense, Space & Security (BDS) business unit. He provided contract development and negotiation support to BDS businesses pursuing contract awards with international customers for military aircraft and security programs. Drew's career also included significant contracting experience with U.S. Government procurements of Boeing's military aircraft programs. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a B.S. in Finance. Drew then entered the U.S. Navy for eight years where he was a Naval Aviator. Following the Navy, he went to work for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri in 1982 which merged with The Boeing Company in 1997. Drew is active as a Boy Scouts of America volunteer leader where he assists Scouts advance from Life-to-Eagle rank and organizes and plans Boy Scout High Adventure trips.

Rod Talbot

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Talbot Asset Management
Winter Garden, Florida

Rod Talbot is President of Talbot Asset Management in Winter Garden, Florida.  His firm is affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services.  Rod has over 36 years in the investment business managing assets for clients worldwide.  He received his BS in Finance in 1979.  While at SIU, he was President of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and received the SIU Greek of the Year and the International Top Teke of the Year in 1979.  He was also awarded Tau Kappa Epsilon Alumnus of the year in 2005.  He currently serves as International President of Tau Kappa Epsilon.  He was appointed by the Governor of Florida to the Board of Trustees of the West Orange Health Care District which oversees almost 200 million dollars of healthcare assets in Orlando.  He is past president and very active in his Rotary club.  He was recently named to the Committee of 101 by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce as one of the 101 most influential people on the west side of Orlando.

George Taylor

Digital Lending Sales & Service Executive
Bank of America
Charlotte, North Carolina

George Taylor is a Digital Lending Sales & Service Executive of Bank of America Card Services in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is responsible for digital sales and servicing across Home Loans, Auto Loans, and Small Business Financing, as well as the overall Small Business experience. George joined Bank of America in 2002 and has held a variety of roles in Card Services, Merchant Services, and the ATM Channel focusing on business planning, product management, and pricing. In 2007, he was recognized with the Bank of America Award of Excellence awarded annually to the top 1% of associates. Prior to joining Bank of America, George developed a diverse background serving in various finance and accounting roles across multiple industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and public accounting. He graduated from SIU with a B.S. in Finance and earned his M.B.S. from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. He is Six Sigma Greenbelt certified. George is an active participant with the Team Bank of America organization volunteering for the Tax Assistance Program and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Troy Ward

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Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
Ares Management
Los Angeles, California

Troy Ward is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager focusing on publicly traded equities for Ares Management, a $100bln alternative asset manager headquartered in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Ares he was a Managing Director at Keefe Bruyette & Woods and Stifel Financial where he was a Senior Equity Analyst with a focus on specialty finance. He graduated from SIUC with a BS in Finance in 1992, and earned his MBA at Saint Louis University in 1997.