Chris Benson, Assistant Vice President Business Banking
5506 Clayton Circle | Roscoe, IL 61073
Direct: 815.986.7129 | Cell: 815.988.4394 | Toll-free: 800.209.2616 Ext. 4417
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Areas of Expertise
Years of Experience
Chris began his banking career with Blackhawk Bank, in April 2017. Prior to joining the Bank,
he spent 8 years in sales serving manufacturing, engineering and distribution firms. He most recently ran the Southwest sales territory for Zenith Cutter. His work experience gives him the breadth of knowledge needed to help businesses of all types with their financial needs, as well as being a sounding board for business growth ideas.
Chris is responsible for new business development for the Bank in the Rockford market. He believes in delivering high-level customer service and developing strong partnerships with clients.
Chris received his Associates Degree from Rock Valley College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rockford University.
Chris graduated from the Principles of Commercial Lending School and the Commercial Lending School, both through the School of Banking. He also has a Certificate of Business and Commercial Lending from the American Bankers Association (ABA).
Chris is passionate about staying involved with local organizations. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Riverfront Museum Park. Additionally, he is a member of Rockford Cosmopolitan Club, Rockford Skeet & Trap Club, Verdi Club and Rockford Ignite Young Professionals Group.
Hobbies and Interests
When not at work, Chris enjoys spending time outdoors. He can often be found hiking, hunting and trap & skeet shooting. Other times, he can be found honing his photography skills, traveling or trying new restaurants.
A devoted family man, he credits his wife, Jenelle, and their two kids, Jack and Nora, as being his biggest motivators.