Said Hultman, "I am humbled and excited to become the next President and CEO of Illinois Bank & Trust. It is very exciting to be part of a dynamic and growing organization. Our bank is steeped in a great tradition and I eagerly look forward to working with our Board of Directors and talented team of bankers to build on the momentum created by Steve Ward."Ward completes a nearly eight-year stretch as President and CEO of Illinois Bank & Trust. During his tenure, the bank grew organically and through acquisition by 182 percent in total loans and by 219 percent in total deposits, doubling its market share in the Rockford MSA to 6.5 percent. Ward oversaw the name change from Riverside Community Bank to Illinois Bank & Trust and managed the acquisition of Freedom Bank locations in Sterling, Seaton and Rock Falls as well as the merger with IBT's sister bank, Galena State Bank and Trust Company, with locations in Elizabeth, Stockton and Galena. Ward said, "While I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President of Centennial Bank and Trust, I leave the community of Rockford and Illinois Bank & Trust with mixed emotions. I will certainly miss the many friends and business partners I have come to know and appreciate over my many years in the community." About Illinois Bank & TrustIllinois Bank & Trust serves customers from 11 locations in the Rockford metropolitan area, Rock Falls/Sterling region, Galena, Elizabeth and Stockton, Illinois markets. The $757 million bank is a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. and offers commercial, personal, agriculture, and wealth management services. Illinois Bank & Trust is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information, visit illinoisbank.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.