ELDORADO -- Mike Williams has been named Vice President of Ag and Commercial Lending at Legence Bank.
Williams has 39 years of experience in banking, including time as an ag/commercial loan officer and community bank president, as well as senior vice president overseeing ag lending for three branches in southern Illinois.
Most recently, he was president of a bank in southern Illinois.
"Mike Williams will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team at Legence Bank," said Kevin Beckemeyer, Legence Bank's president and CEO. "His many years of experience in agricultural lending and management will be a great benefit to our company as we continue to enhance resources for our customers and build our team."
Williams brings a tremendous amount of experience in sales, management, and underwriting, along with a deep understanding of logistical, managerial and operational dynamics crucial for today's agricultural business. Williams community involvement includes: past director of the Saline County Fair Association, past president of the Saline County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Rotary Club in Harrisburg, past president of the Kiwanis Club in Harrisburg, and treasurer for First Baptist Church in Harrisburg. He earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and numerous banking certifications throughout the past 39 years.
Williams will be responsible for the overall management of our agricultural and commercial lending team. He will be implementing opportunities for growth to include; increased deposits and loans, new business relationships, and enhanced customer service. Williams brings a deep understanding of agricultural and commercial lending, along with an extensive knowledge of the financial industry to help serve our customers.
Beckemeyer said he is excited about Williams' ability to collaborate and build relationships.
"His enthusiasm and passion for agriculture and the community bank model is infectious," Beckemeyer said.
The bank's board, management and staff are excited to welcome Mike Williams to the team.