Sept 20 - Robert T. Isham Jr., has been elected chairman of the board of Lake Forest, Ill.-based Baytree National Bank and Trust Company, a unit of EB Financial Group Inc. He succeeds Willard Bunn III who has joined the Chicago boutique investment banking firm of Colonnade Advisors as managing director.
Isham, an attorney in private practice, is a longtime resident of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. Prior to re-establishing his own law practice, Isham was general counsel of Billing Services Group, a Bermuda-based, AiM London Exchange-listed telephone billing company with operations in San Antonio, Texas, and formerly in Frankfurt, Germany, and London. Prior to joining BSG he worked in merchant banking for a Chicago-based firm and was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, specializing in creditor rights, bankruptcy and complex litigation. Isham, who has served as a member of the bank's board for the past year, received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Montana Law School, where he was editor in chief of the law review. After law school, he clerked for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the circuit court's emergency motions panel. Active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, he is co-chairman of the Northwestern Hospital Council for Philanthropy; director, Lake County Republican Federation; and immediate past president and current member of the Board of Trustees, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago.
"We feel fortunate to have Rob serve as Baytree's bank chair. Rob and his family have had a long and impactful history in this community, he understands our marketplace and also brings a distinguished business and legal background to the Bank," said Michael J. Flynn, president and CEO, Baytree National Bank and Trust Company. "Rob has been instrumental in assisting the bank in executing on our strategic initiatives and we look forward to his continued advice and counsel."
"We also want to recognize the substantial contributions that Willard Bunn has made in his decade of service to Baytree. He has been a source of great knowledge, leadership and stability and we wish Willard and his family all the very best in this next chapter of his professional life," said Flynn.
About Baytree National Bank and Trust Company
Baytree National Bank & Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of EB Financial Group Inc., is a full-service Lake Forest, Ill.–based bank serving Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and the greater North Shore and Chicagoland area. Baytree specializes in relationship banking, emphasizing its high-touch, highly personal service delivery in community retail banking, business banking, treasury management services, mortgage lending and equipment leasing services. The company, which had assets of $214 million at June 30, 2012, has two full-service banking offices located in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, Ill. Additional information can be found on Baytree National Bank's website at www.baytreebank.com.