Eric R. Anderberg, Chair
Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Eric R. Anderberg to the Illinois Finance Authority. He brings more than 22 years of executive experience to the position. Mr. Anderberg currently serves as the Vice President of Dial Machine, Inc., where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the machine components company. He has been with the company since 1993. Mr. Anderberg has represented the machinery components and manufacturing industries in a wide range of roles. He is a past president of the Rock River Valley Tooling and Machining Association and served on an industrial roundtable for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mr. Anderberg also testified before the Congressional Small Business Committee on behalf of small metalworking businesses and American manufacturing. Mr. Anderberg and his family also operate a 700 acre corn and soybean farm in northern Illinois. Mr. Anderberg holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Augustana College and a master’s degree in family business from Loyola University of Chicago. He lives in Kirkland. Appointed as a Member of the Authority in August 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mr. Anderberg chairs the Authority’s Governance Plus Committee. He also serves on the Authority’s Executive and Audit Plus Committees.
Gila J. Bronner, Vice Chair
Ms. Bronner is President and CEO of Bronner Group, LLC, multi-disciplined professional services company that delivers comprehensive strategy, transformation and accountability consulting services to state and local governments and federal agencies. Ms. Bronner is a highly respected expert on auditor independence and related accountability and internal control issues and is a nationally recognized authority on governmental accounting, auditing, compliance and oversight. She also is a recognized thought leader on public sector implementation and compliance issues. Appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s original governing board, Ms. Bronner has chaired its Audit and Finance Committees. She also served as an initial member of NASA’s Advisory Council Financial Audit Committee. Re-appointed as a Member of the Authority in August 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Ms. Bronner was elected Authority Vice-Chair in December 2015. Ms. Bronner also chairs the Authority’s Audit Plus Committee and serves on the Authority’s Executive and Governance Plus Committees.
James J. Fuentes
Mr. Fuentes is an entrepreneur currently serving as a Trustee for the Museum of Science and Industry. He is the former CEO of Clarity Communication Systems, Inc. and a former board member and chairman of ISCO International. Mr. Fuentes received the Hispanic Engineer of the Year Award for Technical Innovation and received six patents during his service at Bell Laboratories. Re-appointed as a Member of the Authority in August 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mr. Fuentes serves on the Authority’s Conduit and Direct/Alternative Committees.
Michael W. Goetz
Mr. Goetz currently serves as the Executive Director of the Laborers' Home Development Corporation (1997-Present). Mr. Goetz' previous experience includes: Director of the Midwest Region Foundation for Fair Contracting; Vice President of the Chicago Corporation; and Executive Director of the Illinois Public Treasurer's Investment Pool. He currently resides in Springfield, Illinois. Mr. Goetz has served continuously as a Member of the Authority since 2004. He serves on the Authority’s Governance Plus and Conduit Committees.
Mr. Horne brings more than 20 years of management and leadership experience to the Authority. He is a commercial real estate developer for Dodge Capital, LLC. In this role, Mr. Horne oversees the development process for a large range of projects across the country. He has been with the company since 2002. Prior to this position, Mr. Horne served as the Senior Vice President for Development at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he managed several development offices in the Chicago area. Mr. Horne is also an active member of many organizations including the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commonwealth Club of Chicago. He also serves as a board member for the Chicago Foundation for Education, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Alain Locke Charter Academy. Mr. Horne holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Boston College and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University. He lives in Winnetka. Appointed as a Member of the Authority in August 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mr. Horne chairs the Authority’s Conduit Committee. He also serves on the Authority’s Executive and Governance Plus Committees.
Arlene A. Juracek
Mrs. Juracek is the Mayor of the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois. She is a highly regarded executive and civic leader with broad-based experience in the electric utility industry, local government, and social service delivery and governance. Mrs. Juracek served as the Acting Director of the Illinois Power Agency after a 34 year career at Commonwealth Edison and its parent Exelon Corporation, where she retired as Vice President, Energy Acquisition. She was elected chair of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission in March, 2015 and also plays an active role in the Northwest Municipal Conference and the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency. A Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, Mrs. Juracek has served on a number of not-for-profit boards and as the co-chair of the Board of Overseers, Armour College of Engineering, at Illinois Institute of Technology. She holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University and a BS in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Mrs. Juracek and her husband, Edward, have three adult children and reside in Mount Prospect, Illinois. They also own and manage Five Feathers Farm in rural Carroll County, Illinois, a certified Illinois hardwood tree farm and prairie restoration project. Appointed as a Member of the Authority in September 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mrs. Juracek serves on the Authority’s Governance Plus and Direct/Alternative Committees.
Mr. Knox is the CEO of Unplugged Capital (“UPC”). UPC is a private equity and debt focused merchant bank and SEC/MSRB registered Municipal Advisor. UPC invests in and manages private investment for special situation investment in infrastructure assets. Mr. Knox has over 20 years of experience as an engineer, venture capitalist, and investment banker leading national organizations that provide solutions at the complex intersection of business, technology, infrastructure, innovation, and public policy. Mr. Knox’s diverse background allows him to creatively develop unique solutions to some of the most complex engineering, business, and financial challenges that many organizations are facing. Mr. Knox is a former nuclear trained Naval officer where he served at Naval Reactors as the Lead Program Engineer for the Navy’s Irradiated Materials and Expended Core Program. In this role, Mr. Knox was responsible for the ultimate disposal of the Navy’s spent nuclear fuel, the R&D of novel materials for the next generation naval nuclear fuels and the R&D and implementation of the Navy’s dry caste storage systems. Mr. Knox is a licensed Professional Engineer and received his B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, with Honors; M.S. equivalency in Nuclear Engineering from the Navy’s Postgraduate Bettis Reactor Engineering School, M.B.A. from the University of Illinois and J.D. from the University of Illinois. Mr. Knox is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and a Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund. Re-appointed as a Member of the Authority in August 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mr. Knox chairs the Authority’s Direct/Alternative Committee and serves on the Authority’s Executive and Audit Plus Committees.
E. Lyle McCoy
Until October 2015, Mr. McCoy served as the Managing Director and Head of Public Finance & Infrastructure at Bank of Montreal and BMO Capital Markets Corp. He is a 27-year corporate finance industry veteran. Since joining BMO Capital Markets in 1982, Mr. McCoy held various roles of increasing responsibility. Previously he served as a Managing Director in BMO’s Financial Products Group where he was instrumental in growing the firm’s Chicago-based U.S. derivatives practice. Mr. McCoy also worked in BMO’s Toronto and Vancouver offices in corporate and government banking where he focused on covering Crown, provincial and other government-owned related agencies. He has held positions in structured finance and credit groups. Mr. McCoy holds an MBA from York University and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Economics from Queen’s University in Canada. Appointed as a Member of the Authority in January 2016 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mr. McCoy serves on the Authority’s Audit Plus, Conduit and Direct/Alternative Committees.
Terrence M. O'Brien
Mr. O'Brien is owner and President of Terrence O'Brien & Co., a real estate appraisal, brokerage and consulting services firm. His expertise includes appraisal of fee, leasehold and partial interest as well as equity investment analysis, feasibility, market and highest and best use studies. Mr. O'Brien previously served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Development Finance Authority, the Board of Banks and Trust Companies for the State of Illinois, and the Board of Directors of a Chicago bank. He resides in the Chicagoland area. Re-appointed as a Member of the Authority in August 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mr. O'Brien serves on the Authority’s Governance Plus Committees.
On July 1, 2016, Governor Rauner appointed George Obernagel to the Illinois Finance Authority. Mr. Obernagel’s years of experience as an executive in local banking will bring an important perspective to the board. For more than 25 years, Mr. Obernagel worked for two community banks in Belleville. He was the Vice President, Trust Officer and Farm Manager for Union Planters Bank until 2001 and then became the Vice President, Trust Officer and Farm Manager for West Pointe Bank and Trust until 2004. Currently, Mr. Obernagel is the owner of his family farm, with locations in Illinois, Arkansas and Nebraska. He also owns the Waterloo Republic Times Newspaper and is a part owner of seven John Deere Dealerships. Mr. Obernagel earned his bachelor’s degree from McKendree College. He lives in Waterloo.
Roger E. Poole
Mr. Poole, who recently retired after 30 years of service, was the Directing Business Representative for Machinists District No. 9. He has received the Labor Man of the Year Award from the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council, the Community Services Labor Man of the Year Award from the St. Louis Labor Council, and the Labor Man of the Year Award from the St. Louis Port Council. Mr. Poole has served continuously as a Member of the Authority since 2009. Mr. Poole serves on the Authority’s Audit Plus and Direct/Alternative Committees.
Ms. Smoots currently works for Strategy & Search Resources assisting in the research, recruitment and consultation for executive staff selection and organizational analysis. Previously, she worked for CBIZ Valuation Group as the managing director. She led the Midwest regional office and two national specialty practices of a national corporate valuation consulting organization. Ms. Smoots earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Northern Illinois University. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago. She lives in River Forest.
Mr. Yonover brings more than 25 years of business experience to the Authority. Mr. Yonover is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Sugars, Inc., where he runs day-to-day operations of the company. He is also a member of, and recently reappointed to, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Sweeteners and Sweetener Products. Appointed as a Member of the Authority in July 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner, Mr. Yonover serves on the Authority’s Audit Plus and Governance Plus Committees.
Bradley A. Zeller
Mr. Zeller is chair of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners and serves on the Emergency 911 Board and the Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation Board. He is a member of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce and formerly Vice President of the Alexander Businessmen's Association. Brad’s background is in agricultural economics including farming 1,300 acres among which are his family's 700-acre Centennial Farm. He resides in Alexander. Mr. Zeller has served continuously as a Member of the Authority since 2005. Brad serves on the Authority’s Conduit and Direct/Alternative Committees.