“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.”

Dewey State Bank has been in operation for 118 years — one of the few area banks that remained open during the Great Depression. Bea Motzer has worked for the bank for 50 of them.

'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.'

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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.

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