People: Hawthorn Bancshares Inc (HWBK.O)
17 Dec 2014
Mr. James E. Smith is Director of Hawthorn Bancshares Inc., since 1997. He has served as a director of Hawthorn Bank (or of its constituent predecessors) since 1975. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Hawthorn Bank from May 2000 through December 2010 and as chairman and chief executive officer of our company from March 2002 through December 2010. Prior to serving in those capacities, he served as vice chairman of our company from 1998 through March 2002, as president and secretary of Hawthorn Bank from 1975 through May 2000, as president of a predecessor to Hawthorn Bank from January 2000 through October 2002, and as vice chairman of another predecessor to Hawthorn Bank from October 2002 through March 2007. Mr. Smith’s leadership and experience in the banking industry and tireless determination in promoting the interests of Hawthorn Bank led to the conclusion that he should serve on our board. This conclusion is further supported by his years of service as our chief executive officer, which have provided the board with information gained from hands-on management of our operations including the identification of our near-term and long-term challenges and opportunities.
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