Drew A. Dammeier grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Shortly after graduating college, he was elected to the School Board of his high school. He was also part of the adjunct faculty at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois.
He began his banking career in 1986 as an examiner with the Commissioner of Savings and Loans in the State of Illinois. He was involved in the regulatory clean up after the 1980’s Savings and Loan Crisis. During his first year, he managed his own team of examiners and was assigned the largest and most challenging examinations. He then transferred within the Commissioner’s office to a newly created division responsible for regulating Mortgage Banks and Brokers. Later, he was promoted to the position of Office Analyst where he evaluated the financial data of all state chartered savings and loans and assisted in the conversion of institutions to Savings Bank charters.
In 1993, he began his career in the private banking sector as an officer with First Security Trust and Savings Bank in Elmwood Park, Illinois. The following year he was promoted to Vice President and the year after that he was given the responsibility of Executive Vice President and Cashier, an office he still holds today.
In 2004, Mr. Dammeier joined the Board of Directors of First National Bank of South Miami. Later that year he became President of the institution. Since joining First National, it has grown to over $600 million in assets up from a low of under $300 million early in his tenure. The bank withstood the real estate crisis of 2008 and is currently positioned as one of the most prominent mid-sized institutions in South Florida.
Mr. Dammeier has contributed to several service organizations as a participant, member, or as its president including, the local chapter of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Chamber of Commerce in Elmwood Park, Illinois, and South Miami, Florida, Oak Leyden Developmental Services, Wheeling Instrumental League and Marching Band Pit Crew. He coached his own children in sports and continued coaching even after his children graduated. He remains very happily married and is the proud father of two daughters and a son who are all currently in college.