Vision of Community Involvement Comes into Focus for Future of Promise Honoree

January 26, 2016 | Chicago, IL

Ed Wehmer

Erie House will honor Wintrust CEO Ed Wehmer for his bank’s investment in the community on March 3, 2016. PHOTO COURTESY WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORP.

At its Future of Promise awards dinner on Thursday, March 3, Erie Neighborhood House will recognize Wintrust Financial Corporation and its president and chief executive officer, Ed Wehmer, with the 2016 Community Leader Award.

Based in nearby Rosemont, Wintrust is a financial services holding company that provides community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services to customers located in the greater Chicago, Illinois and southern Wisconsin metropolitan areas.

Wehmer was among the founders of Wintrust in 1991; three decades later, Wintrust holds assets above $20 billion. In spite of such rapid growth in a relatively short timeframe, Wehmer is proud of the fact that his company has not strayed from its founding vision.

“We were created to be the alternative to big banks by offering a community banking experience,” says Wehmer, “both in service and in our commitment to the areas we serve.”

To that end, Wintrust is engaged in the work of neighborhood chambers of commerce, government and school boards as well as local charities and community development activities.

“The commitment Wintrust has made to being involved in the community makes a huge difference,” says Celena Roldán, executive director at Erie House. “When our corporate partners invest resources locally, time after time the results we see are stronger, more vibrant families, neighborhoods and communities.”

The company is particularly supportive of organizations that seek to empower community residents with the skills and resources they need to succeed, says Wehmer. “Erie House’s approach to providing support for the entire family unit is something we find especially appealing,” he explains. “The resources the organization provides work to level the playing field for families who may not have started out with all the essential tools at their disposal.”

In addition to his role at Wintrust, Wehmer volunteers as a director of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and the Catholic Extension Society, is a member of the audit committee of Northwestern Memorial Health Care, and serves as a trustee for Children’s Memorial Hospital and Foundation. He also participates on the school board of the Archdiocese of Chicago and is passionate about education and youth development.

“Every child deserves access to the same opportunities and, unfortunately, those don’t come guaranteed to each one,” says Wehmer. “I love to support organizations that are helping to rectify that.”

Roldán says Erie House is grateful for the vision Wehmer helped instill in Wintrust. “The premise behind our awards dinner is to create a future of promise for children and families in the Erie House community for generations to come,” she notes. “Ed and his colleagues at Wintrust embody that spirit, and we’re excited to recognize their commitment to the community on March 3.”

2014 Future of Promise honoree Juan Gaytan, Jr., president and CEO of Monterrey Security, will present the award to Wintrust at the dinner.

In addition to Wintrust, Erie Neighborhood House will honor Corporate Leader Award recipient Terrence P. LeFevour and Legacy Award recipient Juan C. Campos. For more information on attending the awards dinner or becoming an event sponsor, please visit or call (312) 432-2238.


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