OGLESBY - T.J. Templeton, vice president and commercial lender for Hometown National Bank in LaSalle, has been elected to the board of directors of the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation (NCI).
Templeton joins 12 other board members who direct the Industrial Development Marketing program for the region of Bureau, LaSalle, and Putnam counties. In only two years, NCI has marketed the region and secured an 800 percent increase in industrial inquiries. Steve Aubry, vice present of CIT Trucks, is chairman of the board.
A graduate of Illinois Valley Community College and Illinois State University, Templeton has been a life-long resident of North Central Illinois. He has been a commercial banker since October 2011, first with First Federal Savings Bank and currently Hometown National Bank. He is an avid golfer, active civic leader and also serves as president of the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I am very excited to be joining a board full of area leaders and decision makers,” said Templeton. “I know that the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation can really make a difference in the lives of everybody living in the region.”
Over 250 business and elected leaders are voting supporters of the North Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation. “We are proud that T.J. is joining our board as we continue to market the region to secure more investment and jobs,” Aubry said.