The 2021 Business Week Keynote Address will be taking place on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm via zoom.
Chief Executive Officer, COUNTRY Financial
Jim Jacobs has served as the Chief Executive Officer of COUNTRY Financial® since 2019. He previously served as General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer for COUNTRY Financial, Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) and other affiliated companies since February 2008. He joined IFB in 2005 as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary in the Office of General Counsel.
Prior to joining IFB, Jacobs was a litigation attorney in Louisiana for 14 years and a partner in the New Orleans law firm of Murphy, Rogers, Sloss and Gambel.
Jacobs holds a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville in Indiana. He is a member of the state bars of Louisiana and North Carolina.
Jacobs currently serves his community as a board member for Special Olympics of Illinois. He also has served as a tutor for STAR Literacy and as a past member of the board of directors for Heartland Head Start.