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Wintrust began over a card table, a few cold beers and the idea to be the alternative to the big banks. In 1991, armed with a briefcase, a folding table and a cell phone the size of a shoebox, Wintrust’s current CEO and one of the company’s founders, Ed Wehmer, set up shop in a storefront in a northern Chicago suburb. Twenty-five years, and more than 150 locations later, we’ve stayed true to that original mission. We believe there’s still a need, and desire, for a true community bank: where tellers know their customers by name; bankers care about local businesses because they frequent them; and the bank invests in the neighborhood because it’s actually part of the neighborhood.
We don't just do one thing. Our banks, companies and divisions specialize in a variety of services to make us a one-stop shop for any financial need.
At Wintrust, you're valued by more than just the contents of your account. And, every customer is our most important customer. That's how we were built.
We believe in making our communities better. Our philanthropic focus is part of our foundation.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Tony Buttrick joined Wintrust in February 2018 as chief information officer (CIO). In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing information technology initiatives that support Wintrust’s strategic vision, while improving cost effectiveness, service quality, and...more
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...more
Melissa Donaldson joined Wintrust in 2016 as chief diversity officer. In that role, Melissa works with senior leadership company-wide to drive diversity and inclusion priorities, including initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in leadership pipeline development, marketplace reach...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
David Lee joined Wintrust in 2009 and serves as president and CEO of Lake Forest Bank & Trust. In addition, David serves as regional market head, overseeing Libertyville Bank & Trust and Crystal Lake Bank & Trust. Prior to Wintrust, David spent 23 years at JP Morgan...more
Bill Lynch joined Wintrust in 2008 as president and CEO of the Wintrust Bank charter and now additionally serves as a regional market head, overseeing Northbrook Bank & Trust and Wealth Services in addition to Wintrust Bank. Prior to joining Wintrust Bank, Bill was...more
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...more
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...more
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...more