ALTON — Dale L. Blachford, president and CEO of Liberty Bank, was honored as the 2016 Illinois Banker of the Year by the Illinois Bankers Association.
The award was presented during the association’s 125th annual conference at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis., on June 14.
This is the 14th year for the Illinois Banker of the Year award, the highest honor the association can bestow on one of its members. It is presented annually to an individual whose dedication to excellence has profoundly enhanced the banking industry.
Blachford’s banking career spans 40 years. He has a long history of community involvement and achievement and has been very active with the association. Not only has he served two terms on the association’s board, he also has served on numerous committees, including the Membership Committee, Nominating Committee, Annual Conference Committee, Audit Committee and Bank Fraud Task Force.
He began his position as president and CEO of Liberty Bank, headquartered in Alton, in 2005. During that time he has led the bank’s growth and commitment to the communities it serves. His passion for community development has included serving with local organizations, including the RiverBend Growth Association and Foundation, Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club, Light Up Alton and Options Now.