Jerry Hester, II
Midwestern Regional Board Member: November 2012 - December 2015
JERRY W. HESTER, II joins The Downey Group with an already decorated career in the insurance industry. Jerry has developed a successful business through his hard work, knowledge, and integrity, as well as his emphasis on building long lasting relationships. Jerry focuses on assisting in the decisions that have an enormous impact on the financial future of his clients and their families through risk
management, wealth accumulation, executive benefits, business succession, and wealth transfer. In 2010, Jerry received his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation, and is an active member in NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors).
Jerry is presently a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association Board of Directors (where he is on the finance and investment committee), and he is a Foundation Member for the University of Illinois Foundation. Jerry is also the expert analyst for the Illini men's basketball team on the Illini Sports Network. Jerry attended the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign and received his degree from LAS in Speech Communications in 1997. As a student, Jerry was a star basketball player earning All-Big Ten honors, as well as a Big Ten Championship in 1998 as a senior captain. After graduation, Jerry fulfilled his dream of being a professional athlete with a 6 year basketball career playing in Europe on teams from Poland, Israel, England, and Serbia. During his time as an athlete, he visited 24 different European countries and learned to speak Polish.