A former Edwardsville area banker and two others have retired as board members of Springfield-based Town and Country Financial Corp.
The three are Bart J. Solon, Mark O. Roberts Jr. and John S. Cobb retired in April with a combined 76 years of service.
Solon, of Edwardsville, joined the Town and Country Bank board in 2016. He is an entrepreneur who founded Partners Bank in 1999, where he served as chairman and CEO. He founded and served as the director of the Lynn F. Solon Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals with diabetes and disabilities.
“Bart’s familiarity with the Metro East area was invaluable to us as we expanded into that market,” says David Kirschner, board member and executive chairman of Town and Country Financial Corp. says Kirschner. “His experience and illustrious career as a bank CEO and director and his financial acumen have been extremely helpful to us not only on the board but also on the Loan and Audit Committees. I will miss Bart’s many contributions to the board.”
Roberts served as a member of the board for 48 years, beginning in 1974. During his tenure, he has seen Town and Country Bank grow from $25 million in assets to over $900 million and expand into eight markets.
Roberts is a life member of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and the University of Illinois Alumni Association. He has an extensive history of community service and has served on several Boards, including the Sangamo Club.
Cobb joined the Town and Country Bank board in 2000. During his 22 years of service, he has contributed years of leadership experience and strategically brought the company forward. In 2021, he became an advisory board member to help advance Board development and governance.
Cobb practiced law at Samuels, Miller, Schroeder & Sly, LLP, and was recognized as one of the Top Ten Business Lawyers in Downstate Illinois in the Leading Lawyer Network Magazine. He has years of community involvement and leadership, previously serving as Chair of the James Millikin Estate and Chair of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Corporate Acts Advisory Committee.
At the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on April 28, the following directors were elected to serve for the ensuing year: David E. Kirschner, Micah R. Bartlett, Donald H. Evans, Lou H. Dixon, Jennifer Maddox-Wagner, Scott E. Garwood, and Marcus A. Perry.
Town and Country Financial Corp., headquartered in Springfield, operates as the parent holding company for Town and Country Bank including the bank’s subsidiary, Town and Country Banc Mortgage Services Inc. , with locations throughout the central, west-central, and Metro East areas of Illinois.