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CEO of COUNTRY Financial to Address Associates Luncheon

Kurt Bock

March 9, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Chief Executive Officer of COUNTRY Financial Kurt F. Bock will address the Illinois Wesleyan Associates annual luncheon on Thursday, April 5 at noon in the IWU Shirk Center Performance Gym (302 E. Emerson St., Bloomington). The event is available via reservation to members of the Illinois Wesleyan University Associates.

The Associates, founded in 1953 with Adlai H. Rust and Clarence W. Heyl as co-chairmen, consists of business and professional leaders interested in the advancement and support of private higher education.

Bock, who has held the position of CEO since Feb. 1, 2012, will deliver a speech titled “Battle for the Middle.” He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of four companies with which COUNTRY has strategic alliances: Cotton States Insurance Group, Atlanta, Ga.; Holyoke Mutual Insurance Company, Salem, Mass.; Middlesex Mutual Assurance Company and MSI Preferred Insurance Company, Middletown, Conn.

He most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Horizon Hobby Inc., in Champaign, Ill. The company is the largest global radio control hobby manufacturer/distributor.

Bock served in the United States Air Force for 28 years, attaining the rank of colonel. During his career, he held commands at both the flying squadron and flying group level. He also served as the only U.S. officer to lead NATO’s Military Committee Working Group on strategic issues.

Prior to joining IAA, he served as the professor of Air Force Aerospace Studies at the University of Illinois, leading one of the largest Air Force ROTC commissioning programs focusing on strategy and leadership.

Bock earned a bachelor’s degree of science from the United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University and a doctoral degree of philosophy in business administration from Saint Louis University. 

Furthering his education, he earned the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Treasury Professional designations. He serves on the Illinois State University Foundation Board, and is a commissioner of the Central Illinois Regional Airport Authority and a member of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Board of Governors.

For additional information on the Associates, call the Illinois Wesleyan Office of Advancement at (309) 556-3091.

Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181