The Trusted Adviser
March 2021 | Volume 14 · Number 2

ATG Board Chairman William Austin Retires

Longtime Agent, Director, Leader, and Friend

Peter J. Birnbaum photoIt was a bittersweet moment to convey the news of William W. Austin’s retirement from the ATG Board of Directors. During his 35 years of service on the board, he served on many committees and held other offices including two terms as Chairman (2003–2008, 2016–2020). He was always a thoughtful listener, assessing the situation before offering his measured counsel.

We cannot begin to thank Bill for his devotion and leadership over the years. In addition to his stellar legal career, Bill was a Brigadier General in the Illinois National Guard. In that role he led the planning and training for the mobilization of the troops under his command. Bill brought that skill set to the leadership of our board.

Bill was deeply devoted to our mission of being the premier lawyer service organization for the benefit of the public. I have been blessed to have several tremendous mentors during my career and I’d rank Bill at the top of the list. His wise counsel, calmness, and equanimity under difficult circumstances, and most of all his friendship are the things I will cherish always.

Austin collage photo
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As we bid farewell to an ATG icon, we usher in a new era of leadership on the ATG Board of Directors. The following officers were elected to the ATG Board of Directors at the December 2020 shareholders meeting:

  • Chairman - Steve Norgaard, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Vice Chairman - David Dunn, Bloomington, Illinois
  • Secretary - Aurora Austriaco, Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Treasurer - Jim Hallene, Hinsdale, Illinois

Shareholders also elected a new board member, Tom Hundman, of Bloomington, Illinois. We look forward to Tom's insight and participation. For more information, see New Officers and a New Director

As always, we appreciate your ongling support and we value your feedback. Feel free to Contact Us with your comments and questions. 


Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and CEO

[Last update: 3-29-21]

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