Honeggers Receive 2011 Morton Venture Award

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Morton Economic Development Council recognized Jean Ann and Gordon Honegger as their 2011 Morton Venture Award Winner during their Annual Meeting held on January 13th.  The award was presented by Bill Morton, last year’s Venture Award winner.  “It is an honor to recognize two such deserving people,” said Morton.

Gordon Honegger joined Morton Community Bank in 1973 as the Executive Vice President when it operated from its original location with under 10 employees and under $10 million in assets.  Jean Ann soon joined him and is currently Co- CEO and Co-Chair.  Today, Hometown Bankcorp has 40 locations in 25 communities and almost $3 billion in assets.  They employ over 500 people and are one of the largest and most profitable banks in downstate Illinois.

“Gordon and Jean Ann have not only created 500 jobs in Morton and the surrounding communities, but through banking philosophy to lend locally have helped preserve, create, and grow many successful businesses and have created thousands of new jobs in the area,” said Tom Menold in his nomination letter.  “The access they provide to the ESOP program for every employee has inspired performance throughout the organization.”

The Morton Venture Award was launched by the Morton EDC in 2008 to annually recognize an entrepreneur who has made a significant impact on the community and the people they employ through their business leadership, growth, and innovation.  Past award winners include Tom Menold, Katie VandenBerg, and Bill Morton.

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