Executive Alert: Patterson and Nutter remembered; top Edward Jones attorney retiring

Executive Alert is a regular report on career moves, awards, recognition and other news about top executives from across the Show-Me State.


Career moves

James Tricarico Jr., chief legal officer for Edward Jones, will retire at year’s end. Tricarico, 64, joined the St. Louis-based financial advisory in 2006. He has been one of the highest paid executives in St. Louis the last two years, receiving total compensation of $9.1 million in 2016 and $10.3 million in 2015.

James Tricarico | Courtesy of Edward Jones

Lisa Vansickle was appointed vice president and CFO of Fontbonne University in Clayton. Previously, Vansickle has served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief risk officer at St. Louis-based First Bank. Before that, she was the bank’s CFO from 2007 to 2015.

Deb Hobson was named executive director of West-Central Independent Living Solutions, a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities. Hobson had worked as an administrator at the University of Central Missouri for 29 years. The appointment is effective Monday.

Kevin O. Kelly is the new chief executive officer of join LifeLine Foods, a St. Joseph-based company that specializes in corn products. Kelly comes from Rembrandt Foods, one of the largest egg producers in the world, where he served as vice president. He replaces Robin Venn, who has been LifeLine’s CEO since June 2011.

In the news

Hundreds of people paid their respects for Neal Patterson, the late co-founder, CEO and chairman of Cerner Corp, at a funeral service Thursday in Leawood, Kansas. Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth delivered a homily, describing Patterson as a man of action, not words. Patterson died on Sunday at age 67 due to complications from cancer, and he was memorialized by many in Kansas City and the broader business community. Cerner co-founder and vice-chairman Cliff Illig was named chairman and interim CEO to replace Patterson.

James B. Nutter | Andrew Miller/Wikimedia

James B. Nutter was remembered as an approachable executive and someone who treated everyone like family during a funeral service Thursday in Kansas City. Nutter founded home mortgage company James B. Nutter & Co. in 1951, growing it into one of the largest private home mortgage companies in the country. Nutter was also a prominent philanthropist and backer of Democratic politicians. He died on July 7 at age 89.

August Adolphus Busch IV, former CEO of Anheuser-Busch, was arrested Monday in Swansea, Illinois. Police say he attempted to fly his helicopter while intoxicated. Four bottles of prescription pills, four loaded guns and eight dogs were found in his helicopter. Busch IV is the great-great-grandson of Adolphus Busch, who founded the brewing company Anheuser-Busch. Busch IV was replaced when Belgium-based InBev bought the company in 2008.


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