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Best Places to Work in Illinois 2021

Best Places to Work In Illinois 2021 logo with A workplace analysis and competiton slogan underneath.TI-Trust, Inc. (TI-TRUST) is proud to announce that for the third year in a row, they have been named as one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Illinois.


“On behalf of our great group of employees, I am honored to accept this award for TI-TRUST.  The past year has had its challenges, and responding to our employees' needs, helped them to provide timely responses to our clients' needs,” said Brian Ippensen, President and CEO.


The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, The Small Business Advocacy Council and Best Companies Group.  This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best place of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.  TI-TRUST is one of only 35 businesses in Illinois in the small company category (15-99 U.S. employees) to receive this honor for 2021.  Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois.  The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practice, and demographics.  The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.  Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, PA managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and use their expertise to determine the final rankings.


TI-TRUST is nationally recognized as a premier provider of fiduciary services that serve clients across the country.  We are an independent Trust Company chartered to provide Trust Services, Farm Services and Employee Benefit Services.  Our team is a devoted group of professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of the trust and beneficiaries we serve.  We have extensive experience in fiduciary services and can serve as a trustee or agent based on the client’s needs.  TI-TRUST manages over $12 billion in assets and has offices in Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georgia.


TI-TRUST is an organization with a vision on fiduciary duty and shareholder services, and we have values rooted in the proven principles of long-term investing and integrity in serving our clients.  We rank highly among the best in our industry in customer and employee satisfaction and total return to investors.


For more information on the Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit

Chair of Chairs – The ESOP Association

Brian Ippensen - TI-TRUST PresidentIn May of 2020, Brian Ippensen, President of TI-Trust, Inc., was named the Chair of Chairs for The ESOP Association’s six Professional Advisory Committees.  The chair position is granted by the leadership members in the organization to those individuals who have dedicated tremendous amounts of service, knowledge, leadership and participation to the Association.  His term will be for two years.


He will continue to serve on The ESOP Association’s Board of Directors.  Ippensen previously served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Fiduciary Issues from May 2018 to May 2020.


Why TI-TRUST Video Transcript

Brian Ippensen: We have a great staff of people, second to none in terms of their knowledge, their collective knowledge. Both on the personal trust side, so the work that we do there as well as the institutional working for the employee benefit plans, ESOP's and 401k's. And try to make that employee benefit plan or that personal trust account just a little bit better.

Larry Shepherd: We act as trustee for families. That's the main part of our business. And what happens when you act as trustee for a family, you take care of their financial affairs, you follow the wishes of the grantor who's written the document and making sure they're taking to heart and that they're followed to the letter.

It's not about how we want to manage the money or how we want to distribute the money. It's about acting as a fiduciary and doing it in the best interest of the grantor who created the trust and made the decision about how they want their money paid out.

Dawn Goestenkors: We serve in a variety of capacities, including trustee or custodian for different types of benefit plans such as employee stock ownership plans, 401k's and non-qualified plans. We have plans that are as small as a hundred thousand dollars or less with 10 or fewer employees, up to our largest plan, over a billion dollars in assets with thousands of employees throughout the world.

We have a deep team of individuals and we assign a team to each account and really serve as a value added partner with our clients. We're not just a trustee and name that's there to do the bare minimum. We really want to be there and help the client succeed as much as they can. We're all working together for the best interest of the plan and the participants, and we want to work together with our clients to accomplish that.

Brian Ippensen: You know, our people are greatest asset and our commitment to our clients and our commitment to each other. At the end of the day, it's about serving that client and getting to a result that they need.