As vice president of commercial lending at Illinois National Bank, William (Trip) James is responsible for new business generation through loan solutions and partnering with treasury services representatives to offer treasury management products. He is responsible for the portfolio management of designated customers and has consistently demonstrated leadership and motivational qualities on a variety of team projects and collaborative efforts.
James’ involvement in the community is wide-ranging. Active with the Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria, he started its not-for-profit roundtable and planned its 2012 LEAP Leadership Academy. He also serves as co-chair of the Community Connections Committee and is working to facilitate a mentor program between YPGP and Peoria High School. A 2010 graduate of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School, James currently serves on its planning committee, engaging area organizations for participation, assisting the planning process, and serving as team leader for participants.
A Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Peoria – North for nearly four years, James sponsored a new club member this year. He has volunteered as Rotary Reader at Hines Primary School and Roosevelt Magnet School, chaired the annual Rotary Rookies canned food drive, and currently serves on the Indoctrination Committee. He is also an active supporter of Junior Achievement, serving the organization for three years in St. Louis and four years in the Peoria area. He has volunteered for the JA Titan business competition program, working with Peoria-area high school seniors and juniors to improve their competition results each year.
He has also been involved with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, serving on its EPIC Fund Grants Committee and Community Arts Grants Committee. He played a large role in planning the Alzheimer's Association’s Kentucky Derby Party, raising tens of thousands for the local chapter, and is the youngest-serving board member at the Proctor Health Care Foundation. James received his MBA from Webster University in 2009. iBi