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SCHMIDT, John. (Dubuque, IA-- ). John Schmidt's background of civic leadership includes being a past president of STEEPLE SQUARE, former president of Stonehill Franciscan Services board of directors, member of Loras College Board of Regents for about twelve years, and leadership required to establish the Loras Legacy Ball event. The inaugural ball, held in 2017, raised $250,000 He is a former president of the DUBUQUE RACING ASSOCIATION and with his wife, Donna, he co-chaired of the “Building on Faith” capital campaign for the HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS which resulted in the construction of Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School in 2006. As president of the board for the DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART, he was involved in more fundraising activities. With such a resume, John Schmidt was named the 2022 FIRST CITIZEN AWARD by the Telegraph Herald.

Schmidt attended St. Anthony School and graduated from WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL before graduating from the University of Northern Iowa. He moved to Des Moines for two years to work for KPMG, a public accounting firm. He returned to Dubuque in 1984 to work at DUBUQUE BANK AND TRUST COMPANY and its holding company later renamed HTLF. He served as vice president of finance and the chief financial officer before becoming president of the bank from 2000 to 2004. He worked at the holding company from 2004 to 2013. By 2022 he had spent approximately nine years at A.Y. McDonald Industries, formerly A.Y.MCDONALD MANUFACTURING COMPANY. In 2022 Schmidt was senior vice president and chief financial officer.



Hogstrom, Erik, "First Citizen: Schmidt's Philanthropy Part of Community's Fabric," Telegraph Herald, January 1, 2023, p. 1A