Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Van A. Dukeman
President & Chief Executive Officer of First Busey Corporation
Mr. Dukeman, director since 1994, is President and Chief Executive Officer of First Busey, as well as the Chairman of Busey Bank. Mr. Dukeman also serves as a director of FirsTech, Inc. Mr. Dukeman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Main Street Trust, Inc. prior to its merger in 2007 with First Busey.
Robin N. Elliott
President & Chief Executive Officer of Busey Bank
Mr. Elliott is President & Chief Executive Officer of Busey Bank. Mr. Elliott joined Busey in 2006 and led various finance functions, including its Business Banking Group, prior to serving as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Busey, he worked in public accounting, including for the firm Ernst & Young.
Barbara J. Harrington
EVP, Chief Risk Officer of First Busey Corporation
Mrs. Harrington is Chief Risk Officer of First Busey Corporation. Mrs. Harrington began her career at Busey in December of 1991 and has held various executive positions with the organization.
Jeffrey D. Jones
EVP, Chief Financial Officer of First Busey Corporation
Mr. Jones is Chief Financial Officer of First Busey Corporation. Mr. Jones, who joined Busey in August 2019, has nearly 20 years of investment banking and financial services experience.
Robert F. Plecki Jr.
EVP & Chief Credit Officer of First Busey Corporation
Mr. Plecki is Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer of First Busey Corporation. Mr. Plecki has held various executive positions with Busey Bank and its predecessors, Main Street Bank & Trust, BankIllinois and Bank of Illinois since beginning his career in 1984.
John J. Powers
EVP & General Counsel of First Busey Corporation
Mr. Powers is General Counsel of First Busey Corporation. Mr. Powers joined Busey in December of 2011 and has over 30 years of accounting and legal practice. Prior to joining Busey, he was a partner in the law firm of Meyer Capel, where he specialized in serving the financial services industry.
Amy L. Randolph
EVP, Pillar Relations & Chief of Staff of First Busey Corporation
Mrs. Randolph is Executive Vice President of Pillar Relations & Chief of Staff of First Busey Corporation. Mrs. Randolph began her career at Busey in 2008 and now leads many facets of corporate services at Busey and its subsidiaries including: sales and marketing, corporate strategy and communications, community and volunteer efforts, customer and associate experience programs, human resources, training and performance management, as well as M&A integration and Busey’s project management services.

Board of Directors

Gregory B. Lykins
Chairman
Mr. Lykins, director since 1994, is Chairman of First Busey and a director of Busey Bank and Busey Wealth Management. Mr. Lykins served as the Chairman of Main Street Trust, Inc. prior to its merger in 2007 with First Busey. Mr. Lykins is also a partner in Armory Capital LLC, a private equity firm.
George Barr
Mr. Barr, director since 2017, is an attorney and the founder of The Barr Group P.C., a real estate management and development company in Joliet, Illinois. Mr. Barr served as a director, including Chairman of the Board, of First Community Financial Partners prior to its acquisition by First Busey Corporation. We have determined that Mr. Barr is "independent" under the rules of NASDAQ.
Stanley J. Bradshaw
Mr. Bradshaw, director since 2016, is the founder of Bradshaw Capital Management, LLC—an asset management and advisory firm serving institutional investors and charitable organizations—in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Mr. Bradshaw served as an adviser, including Chairman of the Board, of Pulaski Financial Corp. prior to its acquisition by First Busey Corporation. We have determined that Mr. Bradshaw is "independent" under the rules of NASDAQ.
Michael D. Cassens
Mr. Cassens, director since 2019, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Arts at the University of Montana, having taught Computer Science and Game Development for over 20 years. Mr. Cassens served as a director of TheBANK of Edwardsville, prior to its acquisition by First Busey Corporation. We have determined that Mr. Cassens is 'independent' under the rules of NASDAQ.
David J. Downey
Mr. Downey, director since 1992, is President of The Downey Group, Inc., an estate planning, wealth transfer and executive compensation organization. We have determined that Mr. Downey is "independent" under the rules of NASDAQ.
Van A. Dukeman
Mr. Dukeman, director since 1994, is President and Chief Executive Officer of First Busey, as well as the Chairman of Busey Bank. Mr. Dukeman also serves as a director of FirsTech, Inc. Mr. Dukeman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Main Street Trust, Inc. prior to its merger in 2007 with First Busey.
Karen M. Jensen
Mrs. Jensen is a registered professional engineer and serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm. Mrs. Jenson served as a director of Busey Bank since March 2018 and South Side Trust & Savings Bank since June 2011. She is a Director at First Busey Corporation since September 25, 2019.
Frederic L. Kenney
Mr. Kenney has been Corporate Counsel of Archer Daniels Midland since 2001. Mr. Kenney was an Attorney for Winters, Featherstun, Gaumer, Kenney, Postlewait and Stocks from 1983 to 2001. He is a Director at First Busey Corporation since May 23, 2018. Mr. Kenney served as a Director of First Decatur Bancshares Inc., from March 1996 to 2000 and also served as a Director of its subsidiaries, First National Bank of Decatur ('Decatur Bank') & FirsTech, Inc. ('FirsTech'). He served as Director of Main Street Trust Inc. and Main Street Bank & Trust since August 1999 and March 1996 respectively. We have determined that Mr. Kenney is "independent" under the rules of NASDAQ.
Stephen V. King
Mr. King, director since 2013, is a founding partner of Prairie Capital, L.P., a private equity firm. Mr. King also serves on the boards of directors of several of Prairie Capital's portfolio companies across a variety of industries. We have determined that Mr. King is "independent" under the rules of NASDAQ.
George T. Shapland
Mr. Shapland, director since 1994, is President of Shapland Management Co., a real estate management company. We have determined that Mr. Shapland is "independent" under the rules of NASDAQ.
Thomas G. Sloan
Mr. Sloan, director since 2010, is Chief Executive Officer of Sloan Implement Company. Mr. Sloan served as a director of Busey Bank from 2007 until his appointment to the First Busey board in 2010. Prior to 2007, he served on the Main Street Trust, Inc. board and audit committee. We have determined that Mr. Sloan is "independent" under the rules of NASDAQ.