Title: Commercial Bank Executive (Retired)
Location: The Villages, FL, United States
Sylvan L. Franklin, retired commercial bank executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the banking industry.
Attributing his success to his management skills and his demonstrated ability to analyze financial trends, Mr. Franklin celebrates a career that spanned 43 years before his retirement in 2000. He established himself professionally with the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant for the 122nd Ordinance in Germany after achieving a Bachelor of Science in commerce and law from the University of Illinois in 1957. He completed his military service in two years and quickly transitioned into the banking field to follow his interests in finance that began with his education. Mr. Franklin served as the vice president of Continental Illinois National Bank for 14 years before moving into more senior roles in his industry. His prominent and noteworthy positions thereafter included senior vice president and member of the board of directors for the 1st National Bank in Waukesha, WI, president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors for the 1st National Bank in Lincoln, IL, and president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors for the Herget National Bank in Pekin, IL. Through these experiences, Mr. Franklin became very well-known for working with company executives looking for lines of credit or loans.
In addition to his banking work, Mr. Franklin is regarded for his involvement in his local community. He has served on the board of directors for the Lincoln Economic Development Corporation, the Peoria Area Economic Development Community, the Peoria Civic Opera Board, the Everett M. Dirksen Congressional Research Foundation and the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also the chairman of the Pekin Economic Development Commission. In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Mr. Franklin was named for his meritorious service by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and he was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award by the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce. As he looks ahead to the future, Mr. Franklin intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement alongside his wife, with whom he is celebrating his 65th wedding anniversary this year.
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