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Terry Cornell Jr.

Executive based in Chicago

As a United States Air Force veteran, Terry Cornell Jr. exudes the values of professionalism, perseverance, and attention to detail. He brings these qualities to each of his business endeavors and strives to help others and provide his expertise wherever he is needed. Terry not only dedicated years of his life to serving his country but continues to devote his time to helping disabled veterans whenever possible. His background in law and public policy have allowed him to excel in a multitude of roles over the course of his career. Terry is also an active member of numerous organizations in his community.

After being honorably discharged from the military, Terry Cornell Jr. enrolled at Saint Xavier University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Immediately following his graduation, Terry earned a Master’s degree in Business Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Education is exceedingly important to Terry, and he strives to improve his professional development by challenging himself to new courses and certifications. He has earned a Certificate in Federal Policy from the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University and an Associate’s degree in Tribal Administration from Southwest Oklahoma State University’s Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal College.

Terry Cornell Jr. has established himself as a leader in his field and has proven himself more than capable by going above and beyond every day. With nearly two decades of experience in his industry, it comes as no surprise that Terry has held numerous prominent positions throughout his career. In 2001 he accepted and still holds a position as a Lobbyist with the Government Liaison Services where he represents both companies and individuals in local, state, and federal courts. Several years later Terry undertook more responsibilities when he accepted the contracted role of Hearing Officer for the State of Illinois. Terry had the daunting yet essential task of determining a petitioner’s eligibility to receive their driving privileges after driving under the influence. After excelling in this capacity, Terry was offered a position as Chief Government Interaction Officer with the Peoples’ Home Equity, which he happily accepted. Here, he worked closely with the government affairs, business development, and loan origination teams to assist potential homebuyers in obtaining mortgages. In 2018 the company changed its name to Parkside Lending, LLC where Terry continues to do excellent work today in the same position.

Terry Cornell Jr. is highly active in his community and is always seeking ways in which he can help those around him. He is a member of seven organizations and enjoys participating and lending his knowledge and skill set to each. He is also a member of the American Legion Post 1993 and Sons of the American Legion, where he assists in the enforcement of the Legion’s constitution and by-laws, ensures the programs are progressing and providing needed services and serves as the Post Commander. Terry has been the Post Commander for several years, thanks to support during the re-election process. 

Outside of his professional and volunteering duties, Terry enjoys hunting, fishing, and learning about his genealogy. One of his goals in life is to assist fellow veterans as much as possible. As a result, Terry volunteers at events, such as fishing tournaments, that benefit disabled veterans.

Terry Cornell Jr. loves to combine his passions when possible. He has been in charge of arranging several events for his organizations, where he goes above and beyond. He Chaired the Chicago Police Dept/Knights of Columbus golf outing. This outing enabled him to combine his love of giving back to the community with his love of the outdoors. It also raised money for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Another event Terry recently organized was a fishing out for the American Legion Post 1993. As someone who loves to fish, it was Terry’s greatest honor to bring veterans living at Hines VA Hospital and Mateno Veterans Home out for a day of fishing and barbeque. It was a fun and heartwarming event for all. 

As a born leader, Terry Cornell Jr. has always felt like it was his responsibility to lead by example. That means giving back to the community whenever possible and following up on any promises or commitments. It is why he signed up for so many organizations, knowing that by doing so, he could be a more involved member of society. 

To learn more about Terry Cornell Jr., visit his site on veteran affairs,