Norman J. Williams retired as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois-Service Federal Savings and Loan Association of Chicago, a mutual, FDIC insured depository institution chartered in 1934. He was elected Chairman of the Board in 1996. Since 2002, he has served as both Chairman of the Board and CEO.
He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1976 and has served as Treasurer, a member of the executive, loan, asset liability, and audit committees.
He was past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois League of Financial Institutions, a statewide trade association serving the state’s savings and community banking institutions headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. He has served as a member of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Committee. He previously served as a member on the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Committee.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association (ABA), headquartered in Washington, DC and on the ABA Government Relations Council Administrative Committee.
He holds memberships in the Union League Club of Chicago, the Bankers Club, and the Executives Club.
Mr. Williams is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chicago Theological Seminary. He is the Assistant Moderator of the General Synod of the United Church of Christ. He is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Congregational, United Church of Christ. He has held local church positions of Chairman of the Diaconate, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Treasurer.
He lives in Chicago’s South Shore community with his wife Lynda, an educator and leadership coach and consultant to school administrators and principals. She was a former administrator in both public and charter school organizations.
He is a graduate of Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Wheeling, Illinois, where he served as an instructor. He continues to own and operate Unity Funeral Parlors, Inc., founded by his family in 1937.