Meet Dave Adkins

Dave Adkins, President and CEO Blackhawk Bank on Perryville Road in Rockford IllinoisDave Adkins, President & CEO Blackhawk Bank
COO Blackhawk Bancorp, Inc.

2475 N. Perryville Road | Rockford, IL 61107
Direct: 815.986.7103 | Toll-free: 800.209.2616 Ext. 2203

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Planning
  • Company Profitability
  • Local and Regional Economics
  • Interest Rate Drivers
  • New and Refinanced Mortgage Loans
  • Primary and Secondary Mortgage Markets

Years of Experience

Dave has more than 30 years of banking experience. Joining Blackhawk Bank in 2004, he quickly ascended to leadership of both the Consumer Banking and Mortgage Divisions. In 2014, he was named President & COO of Blackhawk Bank and COO of our parent company, Blackhawk Bancorp, Inc.  In 2018, he was promoted to President & CEO of Blackhawk Bank, while retaining his position within the parent company.

Dave oversees strategic objectives, commercial banking, operations, planning policies and procedures for the organization. He has managed the Bank to a strong position through a company restructure that both improved efficiencies and reduced substandard assets. A forward thinker, Dave is immersed in researching innovative models that can benefit consumers of financial services. It was the same process that helped navigate the Bank and its clients through the Great Recession, emerging smarter and stronger.

Under Dave's direction, bankers undergo continuous improvement processes to maintain first-rate advisory skills. Listening to clients' concerns and providing relevant solutions is the differentiator in the commoditized banking industry. A culture of financial education has proven to be the connection to long-term relationships with clients at all stages of their financial life.  


Dave graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and completed the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI.

Volunteer Efforts

Dave serves on the Belvidere School District Charitable Foundation Board and the Board of Growth Dimensions, Boone County's economic development group. He is the treasurer of the Belvidere Family YMCA and the Finance Committee Chair for St. James Catholic Church, in Belvidere. He is a past chairman and treasurer of the Belvidere Vision 100 Referendum Committee and has held leadership roles with the Boone County 911 Board, the Belvidere Cosmopolitan Club and numerous other community organizations. 

Hobbies and Interests

Dave and his wife, Gail, reside in Belvidere, IL where they spend a lot of their time volunteering for not-for-profit organizations. When not engaged in a community or family activity, Dave can be found on the golf course or shooting range.


Health Savings Accounts

An HSA is an account where you can save money, earn interest, and spend money all on a tax-free basis as long as the money is being spent for qualified medical expenses.

Learn more about HSAs, here.