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Robert P. Neal, President and Treasurer

Mr. Neal is a former Assistant to the Director, Office of Administration for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He served as a member of the Lake County Board and the Lake County Forest Preserve District board from 1982 to 1998. In 1961 he founded Able Electronics Inc., which grew to be the third-largest electronic service firm in Illinois. He served ten years as a director of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Lieutenant Commander Neal retired from the United States Naval Reserves in 1999 after serving for twenty-six years.

Randall Whitmore, Vice President

Randy is a former Lake County Illinois Board Member from District 2 and a Lake County business owner. He joined the board in 2003 and resides in Wadsworth, Illinois with his wife Andrea.

James Hayner, Secretary

Jim recently retired after over twenty years as Village Administrator of Gurnee, Illinois. He spent a total of thirty-five years working for the village. Jim was instrumental in the construction of Gurnee Mills mall and the Tri State Parkway as well as other numerous economic developments. Jim lives in Gurnee, Illinois with his wife.

Steve Phillips

Steve has been a general partner at Lake County Grading Company for over ten years. He is an avid hunter and environmental enthusiast. He resides in Harvard, Illinois with his wife Jeri and three children.

Richard Lanyon

Dick has had a life long association with the waterways in and around Chicago. He is a retired Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District where he worked for forty-eight years. He enjoys biking along the waterways, Lake Michigan, and his hometown of Evanston where he lives with his wife Marsha Richman.

Kirk Hamilton

Kirk is a graduate of Montana State University and an alumnus of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he obtained a Master’s in Real Estate and Finance. He is a partner with the real estate development, leasing, and management company Hamilton Partners Incorporated. He lives in Barrington, Illinois with his wife and three children.

Joseph Neal

Joe was appointed to WRI's Executive Board in 2012. Joe is a civil engineer and resides in Wadsworth, Illinois.