Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Steve Denault has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since June 2019. He oversees the Property/Casualty, Financial Services and Technology divisions.
Denault joined Illinois Farm Bureau in 1991 and moved to COUNTRY Financial in 1992 as a health business analyst. He moved to Human Resources in 1995 where he held various positions. In 2006, he became vice president of Human Resources. He was named senior vice president of Human Resources and Communications in 2010, executive vice president of Corporate Services in 2012, executive vice president of Enterprise Business Services in 2014 and executive vice president of Enterprise Customer Operations in 2017.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Illinois State University, Normal, in 1987. He then earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1991. Denault furthered his insurance education and earned the Chartered Life Underwriter and Certified Compensation Professional designations. He holds a certification in Strategic Human Resource Management from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Denault is a former chairman of the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center Governing Council and former chairman of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He is a commissioner on the Central Illinois Regional Airport Authority Board, vice president of the BN Advantage leadership council and a member of the Illinois State University Foundation Board. Denault chaired the 2016 American Red Cross of the Heartland Evening of Stars. He is a private pilot and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.