12/03/2018: Hickory Point Bank Announces Appointment of Dr. Najiba Benabess to Its Board of Directors

Hickory Point Bank today announced that Dr. Najiba Benabess has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Dr. Benabess serves as the Dean of the Tabor School of Business at Millikin University in Decatur. 

“We are delighted to welcome Najiba to Hickory Point Bank’s board of directors. Her experience in business economics and management compliments our company and will be extremely valuable as we continue to grow in Central Illinois.” said Douglas J. Schmalz, Chairman of the Hickory Point Bank Board.


“We are pleased to have Najiba on our team, and we are confident she will have an important and positive impact on our bank” said Anthony G. Nestler, President and Chief Executive Officer.


Dr. Benabess previously served as the Director of the School of Business and Management at Norwich University in Northfield VT. Dr. Benabess earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Western Illinois University. She currently serves as a peer reviewer for Higher Learning Commission, Editor in Chief of Journal of Research in Industrial Organization, and board director of The Community Foundation of Macon County.     


About Hickory Point Bank

Hickory Point Bank & Trust, with total assets of $648 million, is one of central Illinois’ leading locally owned banks. Hickory Point Bank offers a full line of commercial, mortgage, consumer, online, trust, investment management, and farm management services to central Illinois’ businesses and families with locations in Champaign, Decatur, Peoria, and Springfield. For more information about Hickory Point Bank and its products, visit www.hickorypointbank.com


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