First Bank & Trust and its holding company, First Evanston Bancorp, Inc., announced today the election of Stephen H. Hagerty to the board of directors to serve a three-year term, effective Sept. 1.

Chairman and CEO Robert R. Yohanan said in a statement, “We are excited to welcome Steve to the board. Steve has developed an excellent reputation as a solid business person who is deeply committed to the well-being of his community, and we think he will provide excellent direction for the bank.”

Hagerty is the founder and CEO of Hagerty Consulting, a company that consults with municipalities nationwide on preparing for and recovering from disasters.

A longtime customer of the bank, Hagerty is also involved with many local nonprofit institutions. He is a board member of Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), an executive committee board member of the non-profit economic development organization Evanston Investure and past president of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

Hagerty holds bachelor’s of science and master’s in public administration degrees from Syracuse University.

Other FB&T board members in addition to Hagerty and Yohanan include Owen E. Beacom, Paul R. Davies, Beth Boosalis Davis, Desmond J. Donohoe, Joseph P. Flanagan, Caroline Grossinger, Robert C. Henderson, James C. Lytle, Howard I. Kain, Jon O. Nelson, Brogan M. Ptacin and Bartlett Richards.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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