Martin O’Donnell, Busey executive vice president and central region president, said the decision was made “to ensure a balance in our branch network and broad digital banking services.”

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“My late father had an unmatched work ethic, an expansive vision and a creative approach to problem solving. Most of all, though, he was very generous and had a real heart for his co-workers and customers.”

'I’m especially grateful for the time I spent with our late CEO, Tom Tracy, who passed away unexpectedly last year. He was a mentor to me at a particularly pivotal time in my life and career. Given his untimely passing, I’m humbled to have called him a mentor.'

The Danville native who is president of Busey's wealth-management division answered a few questions from Editor Jeff D’Alessio in the 17th installment of our weekly speed read spotlighting local leaders of organizations big and small.

The UI grad who will mark 20 years heading up an area bank this year took time to answer a few questions from Editor Jeff D’Alessio in the 14th installment of our weekly speed read spotlighting local leaders of organizations big and small.