You might know Tom Ollenburger as the owner of H&R Johnson Bros, Inc., a third-generation family-owned, union carpenter and contractor that has been a fixture in Evergreen Park since 1922. Perhaps you’ve met him in his role as 1st Vice President of the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. What you might not know is that Ollenburger is an avid bowler. And a pretty good one, at that. He recently finished in 5th place in a field of more than 225 bowlers in the 2018 Beat the Champs tournament, supported by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association. Ollenburger is standing on the far left in this photo. The tournament supports local charities and has donated nearly $3 million to various charities since its inception in 1961.

Read about the tournament and Ollenburger’s impressive performance in this Chicago Sun-Times article.




For his commitment to economic development, business recruitment, and overall leadership, Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton was named the town’s 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. He received the award at the Chamber’s holiday luncheon in December.

Mr. Sexton has served as the mayor of Evergreen Park since 2001. He was recognized for making numerous contributions to strengthen the business climate and enhance the quality of life in the village during his tenure.

“Jim has achieved great successes in developing a wonderful economic environment in which businesses can start, grow and thrive,” said Laura Shallow, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, as she announced the award.

Those accomplishments include:

  • upgrading the streetscape along Evergreen Park’s main thoroughfare of 95th Street in 2002.
  • bringing in new development on Kedzie at 87th and 95th streets.
  • redeveloping Yukich Field into several sports fields, with a walking path and an ice skating rink.
  • transforming the Evergreen Country Club property into a community golf range, a farm with a variety of animals, a gazebo for concerts, and a dog park.
  • creating the Evergreen Park Senior Center at the site of a former church on 94th and Homan.
  • renovating Evergreen Plaza, bringing several new stores and restaurants to the site.

“All this great economic development reminds each of us, business people and residents alike, to shop local and ‘Keep the Green in Evergreen,’” Shallow said. The sales tax dollars Mayor Sexton has steered into the community helps to fund  important Village projects, she added.

The Citizen of the Year award, formerly called the Business Person of the Year, was changed in 2017 to be more inclusive of community members who help make Evergreen Park stronger. Past recipients include Laura Shallow of World Data Systems and Saint Xavier University; Sister Margaret Christina Hoban of Little Company of Mary Hospital; Nicki Seidl of the Evergreen Park Public Library; Linda Kosary of Kosary Funeral Home; Thomas Ollenburger of H. & R. Johnson Brothers; and Dennis Reilly of LCM Hospital. Last year’s recipient was Nick Barraco of Barraco’s Restaurant.




Congratulations to Evergreen Bank Group, named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2017 by American Banker. In addition to this recognition, the bank also received another 5-star Superior ranking by Bauer Financial—the highest status this national firm awards.

The Best Banks to Work For program, initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. This is the second year in a row that Evergreen Bank Group has received this honor.

How the 5-Star Ranking System Works

Bauer Financial performs its own, independent analysis on all banks nationwide. It starts with a bank’s information, then supplements with historical and other data to assign comprehensive star ratings.

Bauer has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks since 1983. Bauer’s Star-Ratings are not the same as Standard and Poor’s or Moody’s because its star ratings are geared toward depositors. Bauer Financial rates the strength of the bank as a whole, whereas S&P, Moody’s and Fitch rate on the investment offerings. Bauer ranks banks every quarter, and Evergreen Bank Group has received the 5-Star Status for many years in a row.

Evergreen Bank Group is a locally owned and managed, full service Illinois State chartered commercial bank. This community bank has locations in Evergreen Park, as well as in Oakbrook and Hinsdale. They also have two locations in Reno, NV, that do business as Freedom Road Financial and Performance Finance.

More Honors and Awards for Evergreen Bank Group:

2014 and 2015 Best Places to Work, Small Company by Daily Herald Business Ledger
2013 and 2014 S&B Top 15th Performer: Seifried and Brew’s Top 15% of Community Banks

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to count Evergreen Bank Group as an active member. If your business isn’t a Chamber member, explore the benefits of membership today!