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A special thanks for our judges

Gregory D. Cozad is the chief executive officer for Cozad Asset Management, Inc., and is a registered investment advisor with $1 billion in assets under management and has been named to the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers for the fourth consecutive year. Cozad graduated with distinction from Indiana University and went on to receive both law and masters of business administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Cozad has served as president of the Stevick Foundation, chair of YPO Gold Chicago, the Champaign City Council, Champaign-Urbana Economic Development Corporation Board and University of Illinois College of Business Dean’s Business Council. He is married and the father of two children. In his free time, he is an avid golfer and enjoys jogging, skiing and University of Illinois sports.

Chris Shroyer is the president and CEO of  Busey Bank, a subsidiary of First Busey Corporation.

After earning a BS in accounting from Millikin University in Decatur, he began his career with Busey in 1986. Professional organizations include: Young Presidents’ Organization, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation—where he previously served as treasurer—and Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. Chris received the Young Alumnus Award from Millikin University and was named among the Forty Under 40 by Central Illinois Business magazine. A devoted community advocate, Chris gives his time and resources to many local causes. In 2015, Chris and his wife, Jeana, were honored to co-chair the United Way of Champaign County’s campaign.


Jason Hood is the human resources director for the City of Champaign. He served as the senior director of labor and industrial relations for the association of union contractors, HR/ADA Manager for Wal-mart Stores, Inc., HR/EEO Manager with Tyson Foods, and as the HR Specialist for the City of Decatur.He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, an MBA from Millikin University Tabor School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wabash College. His affiliations include the Society for Human Resources Management, the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, the National Black MBA Association, the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. Hood also serves as the community LGBT Liaison.

Joan Dykstra is the Village of Savoy President. She has a BS in elementary and special education from the University of Illinois. She had a long career teaching at the elementary school level until 2011, when she became Congressman Tim Johnson’s District Director. Community service: Champaign County Board legislative liaison, county facilities committee chair, and personnel committee chair; oversaw the construction of the Champaign County satellite jail, county courthouse, and Brookens Administrative Center; the Champaign County Clock and Bell Tower Committee; Champaign County election coordinator; precinct committeeman; village trustee; director of the Savoy summer youth program; Unit 4 facilities committee and Unit 4 “Promises Made, Promises Kept” committee. She currently serves as president of Central Illinois Municipal Official’s Association; and Savoy Rotary. Dykstra’s husband, Greg, is a retired teacher. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Stuart W. Broeren is the president and CEO of Broeren Russo Construction, Inc. Broeren has a BS in finance from the University of Illinois, where he played baseball. Broeren along with his partner John Russo, established Broeren-Russo Builders, LLC.  They formed Prairie Steel Services Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Broeren Russo Construction Inc. Broeren is president of both these companies. He owns and has developed several commercial and residential properties in Illinois, Arizona and Florida. He has served two terms as president of Central Illinois Builders Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America; a trustee - International Association of Ironworkers health, welfare and pension fund; national director of the AGC of America; Hickory Point Bank board; Freestar Bank board; Champaign West Rotary. Community Service:  United Way, YMCA, Champaign Park District, Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, Cunningham Children’s Home, Developmental Services of Champaign County, Kiwanas Youth Baseball programs.  He married Dr. Anita J. Broeren in 1995. They have a blended family with five children and five grandchildren.

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