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Stephen E. Chancellor

Steven E. Chancellor, 59, is a native of Evansville, Indiana, but his outreach into the local business community, national political arena, and international efforts have been recognized worldwide.

Mr. Chancellor’s business career spans 43 years, starting when he was a 16-year-old high school student learning the early lessons of business as a truck driver for a concrete company and performing general labor for a lumber company.  After graduating from Elberfeld High School in Evansville in 1965, he enrolled at the University of Evansville where he majored in business administration and banking.   

Mr. Chancellor spent over 10 years in the finance industry and became Assistant Vice President of CrediThrift.  In 1977, he joined a small, yet promising new coal firm, Black Beauty Coal Company.  In 1981, Mr. Chancellor became Black Beauty’s President, CEO, and Chairman and served in that position for several years.  In April 2003, he sold his remaining interest in Black Beauty to Peabody Energy, and continues to serve as an active consultant for Peabody to date.

Today, Steven Chancellor serves as Chief Executive Officer of the American Patriot Group, LLC, the parent company of several subsidiaries, as well as the Chairman of AmeriQual Foods and AmeriQual Packaging.

 “Giving something back” to help create a better quality of life for others and ourselves is a philosophy that Mr. Chancellor demonstrates in both his business and personal life.  He and the people of Black Beauty Coal, AmeriQual Foods, Gibco Motor Express, Omni Plastics and The American Patriot Group, LLC, as well as his family members, have earned respect and appreciation because of their personal and financial involvement in the community.

Steven Chancellor serves on the Board of Directors of Old National Bank of Evansville, Indiana, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Weatherby Foundation.  He and his companies have been active with many local schools, supporting elementary to college students.  Mr. Chancellor is a member of the University of Southern Indiana Foundation Board as well as a member of the President’s Association.  He was awarded the University of Evansville National Business Fraternity, Business Leader of the Year Award in 2003.  He also was presented with the Patron of the Year Award in 2002 by The Victoria National Memorial Endowment in conjunction with the University of Southern Indiana.  Most recently, he and Mrs. Chancellor were honored, through their work in Health and Social Services through Deaconess Hospital, as recipients of the 2006 Leadership Evansville award.   Steven Chancellor also received the prestigious SCI International Hunter of the Year Award as well as the Weatherby Magnum Award.

At the University of Evansville (UE), the soccer field bears the name of Black Beauty Field in honor of the company’s contribution.  The company gives to the UE Men’s Basketball Scholarship Fund, and the Chancellors are generous with financial assistance for the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana University in Bloomington, Mater Dei Catholic High School in Evansville and Resurrection Catholic Church in Evansville.   Steve, Terri and Hunter Chancellor are all members of Resurrection Catholic Church.  Hunter, their 11 year old daughter, attends the Resurrection School.   Steve and Terri Chancellor reside in Evansville, Indiana and they have seven children and 17 grandchildren—most of which live in the tri-state area.

As strong supporters of United Way and the YMCA, the Chancellors and their companies  support numerous worthy causes such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, and several other children’s charities.   The Chancellors (along with their employees) participate and contribute annually to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and many other events and charities. 

Mr. and Mrs. Chancellor also have shared their home for many good causes.  One of their proudest was a series of fundraisers for the opening of the Chancellor Oncology Center.  This new, $12 million state-of-the-art facility for cancer patients treats the whole person–body and mind.  The Chancellors are excited about being a part of this new innovative treatment center and continue to be active with the Deaconess Hospital Foundation.  A duplicate of this center has been constructed in Abu-Dubai.

The Chancellors have a sincere dedication to their church, family and community, and they have touched many with their generosity and kindness.  Their commitment to “give back” is evident in every aspect of their lives.
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