By: John Wilson
Chief Lender, Executive Vice President
During the holiday season, Trip James and his wife Colleen bring their daughters - Mackenzie (8) and Morghan (6) - to deliver gifts to Peoria’s senior citizens through the Neighborhood House.
The Neighborhood House Peoria works to alleviate poverty by providing critical, short-term relief to diverse communities. Trip just finished his role as Chair of the House and now serves on the board of directors as Immediate Past Chair.
Involving his family in his community work has always been important to Trip.
“Through Neighborhood House, the girls get to experience giving back to their community and with a population they do not usually encounter,” he said.
Many Opportunities to Get Involved in Peoria
Trip, currently SVP, Commercial Lending, and Peoria Market Manager for INB, has held many roles in the Peoria area with exemplary dedication to community improvement. Over the years, he has been involved with Heart of Illinois United Way, Peoria RiverFront Association, Rotary Club of Peoria North, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Hult Center for Healthy Living, Junior Achievement of Central Illinois and many more.
He even founded the Quest for Colleges and Careers, a program in partnership with Quest Charter Academy to educate students on career opportunities and enhance financial literacy.
In addition to his role on the board of Neighborhood House, Trip is also currently the Treasurer of St. Vincent de Paul Parish Men’s Club and Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois.
Nonprofits Benefit from Professional Expertise
“The Greater Peoria area has many highly successful nonprofit organizations, and I was eager to join each organization’s boards with like-minded professionals,” he said. “I have been privileged to have contributed to leadership decisions that have advanced the missions of these organizations. Having the professional background in banking also allows me to be an asset in financial decision-making.”
Encouragement from INB has been a major reason that Trip has been able to lend his time and skillset to advance local nonprofits. He says INB is “an employer that encourages volunteerism in a way that is significant to the individual employee and to the community they serve.”
“The bank stands behind what is important to their employees,” he said. “INB is a community bank that understands that not all communities are exactly the same. I explained to the senior management team in Springfield how I and the Peoria team could best serve the Greater Peoria Area as financial professionals and as volunteers. INB has been supportive of our choices.”
With INB’s support and a personal drive to make a difference, Trip is not only impacting change in his local community, but also within his family - from delivering holiday gifts to Neighborhood House to donating to Goodwill with his wife and young kids.
“I believe it gives my daughters perspective even at their ages and encourages them to think about others and how they can make a positive impact on their community,” Trip, NMLS #896008, said.
And One More Thing
Trip recently added one more organization to the list of groups he’s supporting. He’s raising money to fund cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign. He says, “As the proud father of two girls, I wear pink to make a difference in this generation and for the next.” You can donate here.