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Holly Deem has been named the 2013 WIU College of Business and Techology Distinguished Alumnus.
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Deem Named 2013 WIU College of Business and Technology Distinguished Alumnus

January 29, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Holly D. Deem, a 1977 graduate of Western Illinois University, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus for the University's College of Business and Technology (CBT).

Deem, who received her bachelor's degree in business/accounting and was a member of the WIU softball team, is currently the CEO of WealthTrust LLC.

The WIU CBT will honor Deem with a community luncheon during her visit to campus at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 5. While in Macomb, Deem will also speak to CBT students and faculty.

After graduating from WIU, Deem completed her post-graduate studies at the Graduate School of Bank Investments in Norman, OK, and at the Executive Program for Business Strategy at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.

Deem joined WealthTrust as the company's chief operating officer (COO) in January 2008, before being promoted to CEO. She is the executive leader of the firm, including overall management of the WealthTrust platform and its relationships with affiliate organizations.

Before coming to WealthTrust, Deem held leadership roles as the chief risk officer for AMVESCAP, chief administrative officer for INVESCO Global and chief executive officer for INVESCO Capital Management. She has also served as a senior leader at Bank of America and its subsidiaries, as managing director of Advisory Services and was previously president of Private Investments and of TradeStreet Investment Associates.

Deem has previously been recognized as one of the "Top 50 Smartest Women in the Money Business" by Money for Women magazine and received a "Top 25 Women in Business" achievement award from The Business Journal.

Professionally, Deem holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts and the Association for Investment Management and Research.

Deem received the WIU Alumni Achievement Award in 2000 and is now a member of the CBT's National Advisory Board.

For more information, contact Becky Paulsen, CBT director of development, at (309) 298-2442 or

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