Bruce was raised on a grain and dairy farm in Montgomery County. He earned a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois in 1984 after which he began his career working with Farm Credit Services of Southern Illinois. In 1988, Bruce joined Magna Trust Company as a Farm Manager and Rural Appraiser. In 1994, he was named head of Real Estate Brokerage and Appraisal and continued this role for Union Planters Bank when they purchased Magna in 1998.
Bruce and James Schroeder purchased the Agricultural Services division from Union Planters Bank in August 2001 and then joined Hickory Point Bank & Trust, fsb as Vice President of Agricultural Services in October 2001, and presently is Senior Vice President.
Bruce is a State Certified General Appraiser, Licensed State of Illinois Managing Real Estate Broker, Licensed Auctioneer, Accredited Farm Manager and an Accredited Rural Appraiser. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, a member and past President of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and a member of the Macon County AG Boosters.
Brennen comes from a farming background on a grain and goat farm in McLean County. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture Economics with a concentration in Agribusiness Markets and Management from the University of Illinois in May of 2017.
Brennen is a Licensed State of Illinois Real Estate Broker and holds his associate Trainee Appraiser license. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and joined First Illinois Ag Group in May, 2017.