Land of Lincoln Credit Union names new CEO

DECATUR, IL (October 29, 2018) — The Board of Directors of Land of Lincoln Credit Union are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Ares as the next CEO. “We were searching for just the right person with a strong balance of experience, vision, and passion to lead LLCU into the future. We have many plans of growing services offered to members in order to meet and exceed changing needs. We feel Robert is the perfect person to lead that change in a positive, impactful way,” states Calvin Green, Board Chairman.

Before joining Land of Lincoln Credit Union, Robert Ares was the Chief Operating Officer at South Central Bank in Glasgow, KY. Robert began his banking career in 1982 at 1st National Bank of South Florida, in Homestead, FL, where he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Senior Vice President. In 2017, Robert joined South Central Bank as the Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for directing bank strategy, retail growth, operations, IT, marketing, training and ensuring compliance and governance.

“I am very excited to join the team at Land of Lincoln Credit Union. LLCU already has a very strong reputation as a financial institution that cares deeply for its members and community, this being one of the things that appealed to me most during the search process,” says Ares. “I’m very appreciative to the Board of Directors of Land of Lincoln Credit Union for having the confidence in my leadership to take the organization to the next level.”

Robert is a graduate of Saint Leo University, where he obtained both a Bachelor of Arts – Business Management (BABM) Degree and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Robert also holds a NASD Series 6 license, as well as a Life & Variable Annuities license. Robert served as the Board Treasurer for the Touching Miami with Love organization, the Board President for Open House Ministries and an Active Member of the Homestead/FL City Chamber of Commerce & Kiwanis Club.

Robert Ares

About Land of Lincoln Credit Union

Land of Lincoln Credit Union was founded in 1947. As a full-service financial institution, LLCU serves nearly 35,000 members. Membership in LLCU is open to anyone who lives or works in 28 Illinois counties and their immediate family members. Land of Lincoln Credit Union offers 15 convenient locations in 10 cities to best serve the needs of its membership. As a part of the CO OP shared branching network, members also have access to over 5,000 branches and 30,000 ATM locations nationwide. For more information, visit us online at


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