Class of 2018
Edward J. Wehmer

Edward J. Wehmer is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASD WTFC). Founded in 1991, Wintrust is a financial services holding company based in Rosemont, Illinois, and is currently the second-largest bank group headquartered in Illinois. The company engages in providing traditional community banking services, full-service commercial banking, wealth management services, commercial insurance premium financing, mortgage origination, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services. Wintrust provides community-oriented personal and commercial banking services to customers located in the greater Chicago, Illinois, and southern Wisconsin metropolitan areas through its 15 wholly-owned banking subsidiaries. Ed is a proud 1972 alumnus of Loyola Academy and graduated from Georgetown University in 1976 and is a certified public accountant. Banking has been the primary focus of Ed’s career, beginning at the accounting firm Ernst & Young, LLP, where he specialized in the banking field focusing mainly on bank mergers and acquisitions for seven years. After leaving Ernst & Young, Ed was senior vice president and chief financial officer of River Forest Bancorp, a $4 billion banking holding company in Chicago, Illinois, from 1985 to 1991. While there, he was also president of the firm’s largest subsidiary, Lincoln National Bank, in Chicago. Ed is a member of the board of directors of Stepan Company (NYSE) in Northfield, IL. He has been extensively involved in many charitable causes over the years, including serving as the chairman of the Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, on the audit committee of Northwestern Memorial Health Care, is a trustee for Lurie Children’s Hospital and Foundation, and on the Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a member of its Budget and Operating Committee. Ed is also a director of The Catholic Extension Society of America. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Bankers Club, where he was a former president. Ed and his wife, Dorothy, live in Lake Bluff, Illinois. They have six children.

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