iBi - July 2013

Peoria’s Mr. Baseball
Photography by Kira Kwon

Born in Peoria, a graduate of Spalding Institute and Bradley University, Harold Albert “Pete” Vonachen, Jr. was a Peorian through and through. He was also a remarkable businessman who, time and again throughout his career, took many brave leaps into the unknown.

Words of Wisdom

Over the years, it’s been suggested time and again that we put together an issue focused on the lifetime achievements of Peoria’s legendary leaders, just as we recognize those who are up and coming.

Glen Barton

Photography by Kira Kwon

Barton retired from Caterpillar in 2004, after nearly 43 years of service to the company. Since then, he has kept busy with a myriad of activities with groups like the Central Illinois Angels, Quest Charter Academy and Business Roundtable, as well as serving on the boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, Valmont Industries and Inco Limited.

Congressman Bob Michel

Photography by David Vernon

They certainly don’t make ‘em like Bob Michel anymore. From injured war hero to the longest-serving minority leader in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, he is well known not only as a strong and effective leader, but as a kind soul and consummate gentleman.

Gerald D. Stephens

Photography by Kira Kwon

An alum of Peoria High School, Gerald D. Stephens is the founder and retired chairman of the board of RLI Corp., former board chairman of Maui Jim, Inc., and past president and board member of numerous local and national organizations.

The Jim Principles: Marketing According to Maloof

by Chris Shay

I worked for Jim Maloof so long ago that I hesitate to name the dates. Let’s just say that I was his first marketing manager. I was under 30 and had been working for the Observer newspaper. The next three years were like a “masters program” in advertising—learning from an expert.