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Austin Dempsey Named Aurora University Trustee


Congratulations to Community Foundation director Austin Dempsey on being named an Aurora University trustee! The Aurora Beacon News published the following article on November 14, 2016 about the three new trustees.

Aurora University names new trustees

Three new members have been appointed to the Aurora University board of trustees, school officials said in a statement.

Matthew Cannon, an equity shareholder in a law firm, Austin Dempsey, a real estate broker and Brian Konen, vice president of an insurance agency, will each serve three-year terms on the board.

Cannon, who graduated from Aurora University in 1994, has two decades of litigation experience, including more than seven years as a federal prosecutor, according to university officials. He is currently an equity shareholder in the law firm Greenberg Traurig, and lives in Naperville with his wife and two children.

Dempsey is vice president of Batavia Enterprises, a real estate agency, and principal at BERE LLC, a brokerage, third-party management and municipal consulting firm in Batavia, according to Aurora University. He is a board member of Rosary High School, Marmion Military Alumni Association, First National Bank, Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, school officials said. He lives in Batavia with his wife and two sons.

Konen has worked in the insurance industry on state and national levels, and is currently vice president of Konen Insurance Agency in Aurora, according to the university. He was president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois, and is currently chair elect of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors and a member of the Rush-Copley Institutional Review Board, according to the school. He lives in Sugar Grove with his wife and three sons.

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