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Liberty Bank’s Blachford named Illinois Banker of the Year


blachford daleDale L. Blachford, president and CEO of Liberty Bank in Alton, was honored as the 2016 Illinois Banker of the Year by the Illinois Bankers Association. The award was presented during the IBA’s 125th Annual Conference held at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis., on June 14.

This is the 14th year for the Illinois Banker of the Year award, which is the highest honor the Illinois Bankers Association can bestow on one of its members. It is presented annually to an individual whose dedication to excellence has most profoundly enhanced the banking industry.

Blachford’s banking career spans 40 years. He has a long history of community involvement and achievement and has been very active with the IBA. Not only has he served two separate terms on the IBA Board, but he has also served on numerous committees, including the Membership Committee, Nominating Committee, Annual Conference Committee, Audit Committee and Bank Fraud Task Force.

He has served on the RiverBend Growth Association board of directors since 2008, serves on the Growth Association Foundation’s Board, and is involved in many other community organizations.

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