Meet the Agricultural Services Team

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Marty Thornton, AFM

Marty Thornton, AFM

Senior Vice President, Agricultural Services
309-664-8933
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Bio

  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana‐ Champaign
  • Accredited Farm Manager
  • Real Estate Managing Broker
  • Trust Officer
  • Property/Casualty Insurance Licensed
  • Over 35 years of experience and 12 years at Heartland Bank and Trust Company

Areas of Expertise

  • Farmland management
  • Farm leasing alternatives
  • Buying and selling farmland
  • Trust and estate management
  • Grain marketing
Warren Basting, AFM

Warren Basting, AFM

Vice President, Agricultural Services
309-664-8941
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Bio

  • MBA, Northern Illinois University
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana‐ Champaign
  • Accredited Farm Manager
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Trust Officer
  • Property/Casualty Insurance Licensed
  •  Over 25 years of experience and 12 years at Heartland Bank and Trust Company 

Areas of Expertise

  • Cash flow analysis and capital project budgeting
  • Commodity marketing
  • Specialty crops and seed soybeans
  • GPS soil testing
  • Trust and estate management
Tom Kahle, AFM

Tom Kahle, AFM

Executive Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Trust Officer
815-945-2311
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Tom has 33 years experience in banking and wealth management including farm management, charitable organizations, revocable and irrevocable trust, life insurance trusts, and like kind exchange trusts.  In additions to his wealth management duties, Tom has extensive experience in agricultural and commercial lending.  Prior to the merger of Bank of Chenoa into Heartland Bank and Trust, Tom served as the President of Bank of Chenoa. 

Tom graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Agri-Business from Illinois State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is an Accredited Farm Manager by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and a Certified Crop Adviser by the American Society of Agronomy.

A community active individual, he has served in a variety of capacities including church boards and the local school board.  Currently, he serves as Treasurer on the Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community board and Prairie Central Cooperative board of directors, both in Chenoa.  In addition, he serves on the OSF St. James Hospital Foundation board in Pontiac.   He was named Chenoan of the Year in 1999 and the Outstanding Agri-Business Person in McLean County in 2011.  

Tom Hand

Tom Hand

Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Trust Officer
309-527-4400
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Tom has over 15 years of banking and wealth management experience at Heartland Bank and Trust Company in addition to 13 years as Farm Business Farm Management Fieldman. He administers a variety of account types that include revocable and irrevocable trusts, agency accounts for individuals, IRAs and retirement accounts. Tom’s specialty is farm accounts as he manages farms in 8 counties in Illinois and oversees IRA’s and retirement accounts that own farmland.  

Tom is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in Agriculture Education.  

Active in the El Paso community, Tom serves as treasurer of the El Paso Kiwanis Club, is active in his church and was co-chairman of the capital campaign committee for the El Paso Public Library expansion project. 

Larry Heacock

Larry Heacock

Executive Vice President
217-784-4206
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Bio

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Over 30 years of experience in trust and estate administration and farm management
  • 18 years at Heartland Bank

Areas of Expertise

  • Agency farmland management
  • Financial management and analysis
  • Farm owner and operator
  • Trust and estate management
Matt Wyss, AFM

Matt Wyss, AFM

Farm Management Officer
309-664-8943
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Bio

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Accredited Farm Manager
  • Trust Officer
  • Property/Casualty Insurance Licensed
  • Licensed Real Estate Trainee Appraiser
  • 7 years at Heartland Bank and Trust Company

Areas of Expertise

  • Farm property management
  • Farm leasing and rents
  • Economic analysis
  • Crop scouting and pest management
Jacob Schlipf

Jacob Schlipf

Farm Manager
309-664-4507
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Bio

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • Grain Farm background
  • Property/Casualty Insurance Licensed

Areas of Expertise

  • Farm property management
  • Farm leasing and rents
  • Economic analysis
  • Crop scouting and pest management
Tim Woods

Tim Woods

Office Manager - Administration, Ag Services
309-664-8934
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Bio

  • B.A., Lincoln Christian University
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Property/Casualty Insurance Licensed
  • Federal Crop Insurance Agent
  • 18 years of experience and 12 years at Heartland Bank and Trust Company

Areas of Expertise

  • Department administration
  • Accounting and income reporting
  • Digital technology applications for clients

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