Election to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago begins on Sept. 21, and Illinois has two directorships to fill during this election cycle for the term beginning January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2024.
Along with endorsing current FHLBC Board Member, Michelle Gross, the Illinois Bankers Association is pleased to support Micah Bartlett for election to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Board of Directors.
Michelle Gross, current Chairman-Elect of the IBA, is Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Information Systems Officer and Director for State Bank of Bement, as well as Community Bank President for the State Bank of Bement-Monticello. Gross has served in multiple leadership roles with the IBA, including Chairman of the Annual Conference Committee, Chairman of the Illinois Bankers PAC Board of Directors, and as a Member of the Executive Committee. Having served on the FHLBC Board since 2015, Gross has been integral in ensuring the continued success of the FHLB’s mission and the long-term benefits of its member banks and thrifts.
Micah Bartlett is Chairman and CEO of Town and Country Bank, headquartered in Springfield. Bartlett began his banking career in a $16 million community bank and has continued uninterrupted for 30 years at community banks located in Illinois. Bartlett has overseen the growth at Town and Country Bank from approximately $360 million in assets to $900 million as of June 30, 2020. Bartlett is a Past Chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association and served on the IBA Board and in various leadership capacities from 2009-2018.
The policy of the IBA is to endorse IBA members who are incumbents and to support IBA members who are new candidates for FHLBC board elections. With two Illinois Member Directors to be elected this year, the Illinois Bankers Association asks for your vote for the only two candidates who are Members of the IBA, Michelle Gross and Micah Bartlett. We encourage all members of the FHLBC to exercise their right to vote. The ballots will be sent electronically on September 21, and they must be received by the voting deadline of November 3.