graduated from Western Illinois in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in
Business/Finance. He played three years of football for the Leathernecks (1971,
1973-74) at defensive tackle, two years for coach Darrell Mudra and his final
season for coach Brodie Westen. The Leathernecks won at least seven games all
three seasons he played, including a 14-3 mark in games played at Hanson Field.
The 1973 team qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Upon graduation he worked in the business finance field and
became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade in 1978. Carey's professional
successes eventually led to him becoming Chairman of the Board of Trade in
2003. Carey served on the CBOT board of directors for 11 years in various
roles, including vice chairman, first vice chairman and full member director.
He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the CME Group and is a partner with
Henning and Carey Trading.
A regular donor to not only Leatherneck Athletics but to the
entire University, Carey plays a major role in the annual All-Leatherneck
Reunion and Alumni Relations events in the Chicago area. Last April's
All-Leatherneck social was held in Aurora following the football team's
scrimmage at Naperville North High School. Carey also serves on the WIU
President's National Advisory Council.
Thanks to Carey's generosity the Leatherneck Football
program has prospered, most recently helping the team purchase needed practice
equipment. Since graduating from Western, Carey has received a number of civic,
industry and community service awards. Last year he was presented with the
Western Illinois University Distinguished Alumni Award for his business and
professional accomplishments. Other awards include the Rerum Novarum Award from
St. Joseph College Seminary, Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National
Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation, Inc. and the Gold Medallion Award
from the International Visitors Center of Chicago. Carey also serves as
President of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Linda have three children, Charlie, Matt and
Jack. They currently reside in Western Springs, Illinois.