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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 chief executive officer 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...more
Dave Dykstra joined Wintrust in 1995 and currently serves as the Company's chief operating officer, overseeing all trasury, financial, audit, compliance, and human resource affairs. Since January 2006, he has also served as a regional market head overseeing Crystal Lake...more
Kate Boege joined Wintrust in September 2015 and manages all legal affairs of the Company including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, litigation, legal compliance, as well as assisting bank and non-bank subsidiaries with legal matters.more
Lloyd Bowden serves as executive vice president of Technology for Wintrust and as president of Wintrust Information Technology Services. He is responsible for the Company’s overall technology oversight; planning, implementing and maintaining all aspects of the subsidiary...more
Tim Crane joined Wintrust in August 2008 and is the regional market head overseeing Lake Forest Bank & Trust, Northbrook Bank & Trust, North Shore Community Bank & Trust and St. Charles Bank & Trust. Prior to joining Wintrust, he served as president and head of Retail...more
John Fleshood joined Wintrust in August 2005 and manages the enterprise risk management process for the Company including audit, business continuity and information security functions. Between January 2006 and December 2009, he served as a regional market head...more
Leona Gleason joined Wintrust in January 2010 and oversees certain administrative affairs of the Company including Human Resources, Operations, Compliance, Community Reinvestment Act, Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering. From 1996 to 2009, she was executive vice...more
Dave Larson joined Wintrust in April 2010 and oversees the Purchased Asset Division of the Company. He also serves as a regional market head overseeing Wheaton Bank & Trust and Old Plank Trail Community Bank. Dave was the president and chief executive officer of...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 serves as regional market head overseeing Hinsdale Bank & Trust. Rich served as Hinsdale Bank & Trust president...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; director of Finance at...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
Guy Eisenhuth has served as Wintrust executive vice president and market head since 2014 and is responsible for the Company’s northwest suburban banking presence. Guy originally joined the Wintrust family in 2010 as Village Bank & Trust President and CEO. He began his...more