Evelyn Brandt was born in 1923, and followed her brother Glen into the family business their father had started, Brandt Consolidated. That business was at the cutting edge of the liquid fertilizer business, and Evelyn worked as the office manager and treasurer for decades. Glen and Evelyn built their business on the principles of honesty and hard work, and it grew by word of mouth. In 1995, Glen’s son Rick was named President and CEO of Brandt Consolidated. Evelyn has also become known in central Illinois for her civic leadership, philanthropic efforts, and support for NASCAR.