Ward said, "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President of Centennial Bank and Trust. The economic environment in Colorado is one of the best in the United States and I am eager to assist with the bank's growth momentum."Prior to joining Illinois Bank & Trust, Ward was Senior Vice President and Regional President at AMCORE Bank for nearly six years. In that role, he coordinated regional sales activities across all business lines. While there, Ward served as Senior Vice President and regional commercial team leader. Previously, Ward worked at American National Bank and Trust Company in Chicago, Illinois. There he served in several roles including, senior underwriter, First Vice President and was responsible for oversight of underwriting for $875 million in loan commitments. He was also manager of American National Bank's Rockford commercial division. Ward earned an MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing from DePaul University and a bachelor's degree in finance from Illinois State University. In the community, Ward has served as a member of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council Board of Directors, the Rockford Local Development Corp. Board of Directors, the Illinois Bankers Association Board of Directors and the Rockford Hockey Club where he served as treasurer and hockey coach. About Centennial Bank and TrustCentennial Bank and Trust is a growing Colorado bank with more than $900 million in assets and a total of 17 branch locations. The bank provides relationship-first banking services to businesses and individuals throughout the Colorado Front Range, foothills and attractive mountain communities. As entrepreneurs, the bank seeks to meet the needs of businesses large and small, established and growing, through innovative solutions informed by local knowledge. As a community minded bank, the interests of customers, shareholders, and communities are at the forefront of the bank's values. Centennial Bank and Trust is a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. For more information, please visit www.CentennialBanking.com . About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is a diversified financial services company with assets exceeding $8 billion. The company provides banking, mortgage, private client, investment, insurance and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Heartland currently has 108 banking locations serving 85 communities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California, with mortgage loan production offices in California, Nevada and Idaho. Additional information about Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is available at www.htlf.com.