Each member of the Board of Directors for Wintrust Investments, The Chicago Trust Company, Great Lakes Advisors, and Chicago Deferred Exchange Company brings meaningful skills and experience to the table. Collectively, they have a diverse perspective on leadership, business, and philanthropy. Moreover, they all have strong ties to the communities we serve, which will help us further strengthen our position as Chicago's wealth manager.
Great Lakes Advisors
The Chicago Trust Company
Chicago Deferred Exchange Company
Thomas P. Zidar began his tenure with Wintrust Wealth Management as Chairman and CEO in June 2006 and oversees four operating business units: Asset Management, Trust, Investments, and 1031 Exchange. He has an extensive financial services background, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Personal Financial Services at ABN AMRO’s LaSalle Bank. In this role, Tom headed five business units and was responsible for more than 1,000 sales, operations, and credit staff across the Midwest. During his tenure with ABN AMRO, he also served as Chairman, President, and CEO of ABN AMRO Financial Services; Senior Vice President, Integration Management; and Senior Vice President/First Vice President, Acquisitions & Corporate Capital. Prior to that, Tom held positions in management consulting in Chicago and investment banking in New York and London.
Tom received his BBA from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. At Kellogg, he was an F.C. Austin Scholar and a Jim Packard Memorial Scholar. In addition, Tom has received Crain's Chicago Business “40 Under 40” award and Crain's Detroit Business "40 Under 40" award.
Tom is married and has four children. He and his wife are currently very involved in the Glenview, Illinois community, focusing on children’s educational and athletic programs. Tom also serves as a director on the board of the Chicago Children’s Museum.
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An experienced team with a broad perspective on leadership, business and philanthropy.