Executive Club of Champaign County

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September Luncheon Meeting

  • 18 Sep 2014
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • Champaign Country Club


  • Registrations for Monthly Program meetings received after noon on the Monday before the meeting are $20.

Registration is closed

Leaving a Legacy

11:30 a.m.: Registration and Networking
11:45 a.m.: Buffet Opens
12:15 p.m.: Meeting/Program



Jane A Hays, JD, CLU

Managing Director of The Downey Group, Inc. 


Jane Hays is a founding charter member of ECCC and has served two terms on ECCC’s board and one as President of ECCC.  Jane is a Managing Director of The Downey Group, Inc., an advanced insurance practice with offices in Champaign and Chicago.  In her work, Jane counsels clients about how to protect and provide for themselves and their loved ones, and achieve their personal and business planning goals.  Often, she works with clients who are interested in philanthropy and in being “change agents.”  Before joining The Downey Group twenty years ago,   Jane was a partner with Thomas, Mamer & Haughey law firm in Champaign.  She is a native of Champaign and received all her education at Illinois.  

Jane is a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education; the board of trustees of The Carle Foundation, and the boards of directors of Delta Dental of Illinois, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, and the Illinois Humanities Council.  She is a member and past board member of Leadership Illinois, and a past winner of the Athena Award, locally.  She has been a volunteer and leader for many local nonprofits, over the past 35 years.  Jane’s personal philanthropy centers on improving peoples’ lives in Illinois through education, quality health care, and safety net social services.   

Jane divides her time between Champaign and Chicago, with her husband, Dave Downey.  She has three adult children--two daughters, Rachel and Laura, and a son, Mike Jr.

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