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2008: Frank G. Slocumb

Frank grew up with his two sisters in theOak Park-RiverForestarea and attendedOak Park-RiverForestHigh Schooland then Loyola University of Chicago.  His mother was a Chicago Public Schools teacher and his dad was a sporting goods buyer for Marshall Field’s downtownChicagostore.  Frank describes his parents as hard working wonderful folks who focused their efforts on family and education, so it’s easy to see the acorn never falls far from the tree.

After graduating college with a degree in political science, he spent two years on active duty as a 2nd and 1st Lieutenant with the Ordnance Corps of the US Army.  This was during the height ofVietnambut, for some reason, his name wasn’t called and he spent his time at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and Ft. George G. Meade both of which were located in theBaltimore-Washingtonarea.  The funny part of that whole experience was that his assignment was overseeing the shop operations of a heavy equipment maintenance company which dealt with repairing everything from small vehicles to tanks to highly sophisticated electronic components.  Only the Army could but someone like Frank, who has trouble turning a screwdriver in charge of this type of operation.  He was able to say he had a terrific time in the service and it proved to be a good growing up period in his life, and even had the chance to act as a prosecutor in special courts martial proceedings.  The US Army works in mysterious ways!

After the service, he enrolled in the graduate business program atNorthwesternUniversity(now called the Kellogg School of Management) and then joined the Harris Bank for the start of what would become a 35+ year career with the bank.  Most of that involved various parts of the business bank at the downtown offices but in 1992 he threw his hat in the ring in an effort to become part of the community banking network that the Harris was developing.  Just by a stroke of luck, Ward Stearns, who had been president of Harris Bank Naperville for 22 years, announced his retirement and Frank was chosen to be his successor.  Frank says it was the best move in his career with the bank.  Community banking was a perfect match for his business banking background and his interest in community activities.

Frank took community service to heart be became actively involved through volunteer leadership positions with numerousNapervillearea organizations.  He is past chair of the board of trustees ofEdwardHospitaland of the board of directors of the Naperville Development Partnership.  He is currently a member of the advisory boards for The Colbeth Clinic at the University of Illinois Medical Center and of the local Harris Bank servingNapervilleandPlainfield.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Naperville and a board member of St. Patrick’s Residence and the Millennium Carillon Foundation.  In addition, he has been an active fund-raiser for theNaperville United Way, The Heritage YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, St. Raphael’s Capital Campaign andSamaritanInterfaithCounselingCenter.  Frank is a recent recipient of the Kid’s Best Friend Award presented by The Education Center and the inaugural Community Leadership Award from Harris N.A.

Frank retired on March 1, 2008, following a thirty-five year distinguished career with Harris N.A.  His most recent assignment was as District Executive for Harris Community Bank’s South District, which included six regions, ninety offices and nine hundred professionals located throughout the south and southwestern suburbs ofChicagoas well as Northwest Indiana andCentral Indiana.  Prior to this assignment, he served as President of Harris Bank Naperville from 1993 thru 2006 and Southwest Regional President from 1998 thru 2006 overseeing the Harris Community Banks in Aurora, Batavia, Lisle, Naperville, Oswego, Geneva and St. Charles.

Frank and his wife Kay have been married for almost thirty-six years, residing inNapervillefor many years with their son Jack.  Jack has caught the banking bug and works for National City Bank.