Media Release - New Board Member - KEVIN BRAGEE


Legence Bank Welcomes New Board Member

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Eldorado, IL – KEVIN BRAGEE, Certified Public Accountant in Marion IL, was appointed as a new board member for LEGENCE BANK. The announcement was made during the monthly board meeting in Eldorado, IL on October 29, 2018. As a board member, Bragee will play a critical role in making policy decisions, and providing insight on the Bank’s overall operations. “This new addition to the Legence Bank Board shows the importance we place on identifying and securing the best talent available to serve our shareholders, customers and communities. We are very fortunate to have diverse experienced business and community leaders that embody the spirit of community while bringing creativity, energy and new ideas for the development of community banking to the table. “His leadership and guidance will help Legence Bank continue to be a reliable partner in our community as we continuously strive to strengthen the markets we serve,” Kevin Beckemeyer, President and CEO.

Mr. Bragee, who has over 38 years’ experience in Accounting, serves as a managing member of Kevin W. Bragee CPA, LLC in Marion. He received a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and started his career at Schott & Company CPA’s in Cape Girardeau, MO. “He will bring a wealth of financial experience to the board,” Beckemeyer, President and CEO.

He lives in Marion with his wife Piper. They are the parents of two grown children and first-time grandparents. Bragee is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and has been involved with Marion Youth Baseball, Marion Soccer Association, Marion Basketball Association and has served on the United Way Board. He is active in his church, St. Joseph of Marion, where he serves on the church financial committee, along with being active in the Chamber of Commerce, Kokopelli Homeowner’s Association, and the Marion Rotary Club where he serves on the audit committee. In addition to all of his community involvement, he also served as the past president of the Marion School Board.

Legence Bank The Bank's board, management and staff are excited about the future and our strong growth prospects. With over a century of history and a legacy of caring, personal service, Legence Bank is forging ahead into the future, continuing its strategic goal of providing the communities it serves with a premier financial institution and state of the art technology and conveniences, while remaining independently owned and committed to our most valuable asset: our customers. For more information, visit Legence Bank Member FDIC, EHL

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