GODFREY — John J. Keller has been named the new president of the RiverBend Growth Association, effective March 22.
Keller, of Godfrey, has been serving as interim president of RBGA since December 2017 following Monica Bristow’s resignation.
He has been a board member of the RiverBend Growth Association for a total of 16 years. He is a past board chairman and member of the Ambassador Committee. He is a two-time winner of the Chairman’s Award. Keller has 34 years of experience in banking. Keller most recently served as regional president of Carrollton Bank in Alton from 1996 to 2016.
“We believe the right person to lead the RiverBend Growth Association is John Keller,” said John Roberts, chairman of the RBGA’s board of directors. “He is well known in the River Bend community, and he cares deeply about the progress and economic growth and development of our River Bend communities. John has a proven strong work ethic, management and leadership skills. We thank Monica for her years of distinguished service to the RiverBend Growth Association, and we welcome John to his new leadership role.”
Keller has been a longtime community volunteer in the River Bend. Throughout his career, he has served in volunteer leadership roles for RiverBend Growth Association, OSF St. Anthony’s Foundation, East End Improvement Association, Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club, Greater Alton Community Development Corporation, American Cancer Society Mardi Gras Ball, Marquette High School, Southern Illinois Employers Association, Alton Knights of Columbus, North Alton/Godfrey Business Council, Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Kreative Kids Learning Center, and Lockhaven Country Club.
Keller has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.
”My thanks to the RiverBend Growth Association Board for the confidence they have shown in me by selecting me to lead our association,” said Keller. ”I am honored to be given this opportunity. There are so many exciting developments in the River Bend communities and so many more to come …”
About the RiverBend Growth Association
The RiverBend Growth Association is the chamber of commerce and the economic development organization for the communities of the River Bend. As a chamber, it actively promotes activities between member businesses. As an economic development organization, it works closely with state, regional, county and local officials to develop new employment opportunities.
The Growth Association serves the following communities in southwestern Illinois: Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Elsah, Foster Township, Godfrey, Grafton, Hartford, Roxana, South Roxana, Wood River and Wood River Township. The mission of the Growth Association is to provide leadership required to attract, promote and support new and existing enterprise growth throughout the River Bend.