Terry Cornell Jr.

Community Involvement

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

Terry Cornell Jr. is a Chicago, IL-based lobbyist with a mission to help fellow veterans. He served eight years of his life in the United States Air Force as a Firefighter and spent the next twenty-four years in the United States Navy Reserve. Mr. Cornell is an extremely active volunteer in his community and strives to improve himself and those around him as much as possible. As a born leader, Terry is driven to lead by example, showing the world how to step up and help others. Terry is currently working as the Chief Government Interaction Officer with Parkside Lending, LLC. 

After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1987, Terry Cornell Jr immediately enrolled in Saint Xavier University to further his education and develop the skills needed to succeed in his chosen career path. He then earned his Master’s degree in Business Law from the Loyola School of Law. Terry never backs away from a challenge and continuously seeks professional development opportunities to best achieve his goals and help others in his community. While working full-time at an exceptionally high level of performance, Terry also earned a certificate in Politics and Public Policy from Georgetown University and an Associate’s degree in Tribal Administration from the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal College at Southwest Oklahoma State University. 

Terry Cornell Jr has melded his leadership and law talents into each role in which he has been employed. As a Lobbyist for the Government Liaison Services of Chicago, Terry represents many different companies as well as individuals in local, state, and federal courts. He undertook a position as the Hearing Officer for the State of Illinois, where he determined a person’s eligibility to have their license reinstated after being convicted of driving under the influence. In his current role as Chief Government Interaction Officer for Parkside Lending, formerly Peoples’ Home Equity, Terry works with government units, communities, community-based organizations, and licensing agencies to assist homebuyers who are trying to obtain a mortgage. 

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Terry Cornell Jr has earned a reputation for being a community leader. He has been deeply involved with the American Legion for nearly twenty years and continues to lend the organization his services whenever possible. Terry is the American Legion Post 1993 Post Commander and makes sure the organization complies with its constitution and by-laws. Terry also organizes events for the American Legion Post 1993. For example, he recently organized a fishing event, where they brought veterans living at Hines VA Hospital and Mateno Veterans Home out for a day of fishing and barbeque. The event was every bit as heartwarming as one might imagine. A passionate fisherman, Terry highly enjoyed the day and was proud of his ability to utilize his talents to give back to others. 

The Knights of Columbus Council within the Chicago Police Department utilizes Terry’s skills in numerous investigations, and he serves as legal representation to anyone in the Council who needs him. Another way Terry serves these organizations is by assisting in their events, something he enjoys doing. He recently helped raise money for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which aimed to buy vests for Chicago Police Officers. 

In his spare time, Terry enjoys keeping his marksmanship skills sharp by participating in shooting sports such as hunting. Mr. Cornell shows his support for local veterans by participating in charitable events that support veterans and recently competed in a fishing tournament where the proceeds were donated to organizations helping disabled veterans. Finding ways to combine his hobbies with his drive to give back has been a delight for Terry. This is one of several ways in which he shows leadership and participates in his community. His experience proves that anyone can use their talents and skillsets to help those around us – even if it may not appear so at first glance. 

To learn more about Terry Cornell Jr, visit his site on lobbying and government affairs, TerryCornellJr.com.

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