2007 Apex Winner
Jeffrey L. Hale
A native of Valparaiso , Indiana , Mr. Jeffrey L. Hale earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1995. As an undergraduate student at Purdue, Jeff worked as a member of a multi-disciplinary team tasked to develop a comprehensive set of informational materials designed to assist smaller scale Midwestern pork farms to compete with larger-scale enterprises. He was responsible for analyzing primary research, co-authoring 10 out of 14 chapters in the book Positioning Your Pork Operation for the 21 st Century , presenting results at statewide seminars, and production of a video lecture series.
Jeff's early career in banking began with CoBank, ACB in Denver , Colorado , and First Chicago NBD (now Chase). Jeff's directive at CoBank, a government sponsored entity, focused on improving the lives of rural Americans through improved electrical facilities, telecommunications, and access to broadband services. He later went on to serve as Vice President of middle market lending for Fifth Third Bank, and then as Vice President of commercial lending for The Provident Bank in Indianapolis (now National City Bank). Remaining in commercial banking, Jeff's next role was as Senior Vice President of KeyBank, NA in Indianapolis . He was described as a “bank president in training” by his commercial lending mentors. At the age of 37, Jeff achieved that goal in 2006 when the Symphony Bank board of directors selected him as Symphony's new President and CEO. Often a news resource for American Banker , the Indianapolis Business Journal , and the Indianapolis Star , Jeff became Symphony's President because of his outstanding professional performance. As President of Symphony Bank, Jeff manages the Bank's three functional divisions including: Business Development, Operations, and Financial. Since he became President he has been responsible for growing the bank from $22 million to $45 million in assets, while more than doubling its revenue. He has also established sound liquidity management and grown core deposits from negligible amounts to $25+ million.
Jeff currently resides in Brownsburg with his family. Active in the community, for the past 2 years Jeff has served as a member of the Finance Advisory Council for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.. Also active in supporting the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Jeff has served as a member of the Zoobilation Restaurant Committee since 2003, the chief fund-raising activity for the Indianapolis Zoo. In addition, he served on the Indy Partnership board while an executive at KeyBank, and continues an active role in shaping and promoting technology growth in Indiana as a board member of TechPoint. Jeff also routinely speaks at various business organizations, including the Indianapolis Young Professionals Association and TechPoint. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jeff is a Marine Corps combat veteran of the first Gulf War.