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About

Mission

The mission of DePaul’s John L. Keeley Center for Financial Services is to deliver high-impact programs that support students, fulfill industry talent requirements and address the interests of students, industry professionals and academic scholars dedicated to research relating to financial​ institutions and regulation. The founding members insisted from the beginning that the activities be practical and relevant for all of its stakeholders. The Keeley Center focuses on strategy and outcomes that positively differentiate the DePaul student experience, while deliberately and concurrently raising the visibility of DePaul University in the business community.

History

Established in 2006, the Center for Financial Services was created within DePaul's Department of Finance to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and connect students and faculty with the financial services community in Chicago. Through a generous $3 million gift in 2018 from the Keeley family and Keeley Family Foundation that honors the late finance executive John L. Keeley Jr., the center has been renamed the John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services.

"The Keeley Center embodies our father’s belief that students learn best and ultimately succeed by doing. It will provide opportunities for students to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world of finance."

John L. Keeley III

Keeley Center Team

Staff

Martin Essenburg
Executive Director

martin.essenburg@depaul.edu
(312) 362-6476

Bill Obenshain
Chairman, Advisory Board

wobensha@depaul.edu
(312) 362-8922

Lamont Black
Academic Director

lblack6@depaul.edu
(312) 362-5617

Heather Bosworth
Department Assistant

HBOSWORT@depaul.edu
(312) 362-6471

Advisory Boards

Executive Advisory Board

  • David Casper
    US CEO, BMO Harris
  • Matthew Doubleday
    Senior Vice President, Wintrust
  • Edward Milefchik
    Executive Vice President, MB Financial
  • James F.T. Monhart
    Senior Vice President, Northern Trust Co.
  • Craig Schmidt
    Head of Credit Review/Risk Management, CIBC
  • Rick Schobert
    Chief Risk Officer, Byline Bank
  • Michael Scudder
    (MBA ’93)
    President, CEO, First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.

Wealth Management Advisory Board

  • Karim Ahamed
    Partner, HPM Partners
  • Michael Allen
    (MBA ’94)
    Senior Vice President, Private Client Manager, Bank of America, U.S. Trust
  • James Baka
    President, Calamos Wealth Management, LLC
  • Toni Burt
    (MST ’95)
    President, Spring Forward Financial, LLC
  • Jessica Coleman
    Vice President, Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs
  • Janet Degutis
    (BUS MS ’15)
    Principal/Senior Client Advisor, Bessemer Trust
  • Bob Diedrich
    (MBA ’91)
    President, Wealth Management, First Midwest Bancorp
  • Dimitri Eliopoulos
    (BUS ’01)
    Vice President, RMB Capital Management
  • Jon Henderson
    (LAS ’83, JD ’86)
    Managing Director, CIBC Private Wealth Management
  • Kevin Keeley
    Executive Charman, Keeley Teton Advisors, LLC
  • Kate Kennedy
    Partner, HPM Partners
  • Rebekah Kohmescher
    Managing Director, Altair Advisers
  • Elizabeth Kolshak
    Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Kevin Kosmak
    (MBA ’04)
    Senior Director of Portfolio Management, BNY Mellon
  • Steve (Mac) MacLellan
    Chairman & CEO Central Region, Northern Trust
  • Lee Morava
    Principal, Gresham Partners
  • Mark Myers
    Director, Stifel Financial
  • Bill Norris
    Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, CIBC
  • Brian Nourbash
    Managing Director, JP Morgan
  • Susan Oleari
    Regional President of Chicago, BMO Private Bank
  • Sally Sargent
    Head of Wealth Management, MB Financial Bank
  • Chad Tischer
    (MBA ’05)
    Principal, DiMeo Schneider & Associates
  • Joe Weidenbach
    Senior Vice President, Chicago Region Head, The Private Client Reserve, US Bank