Coming up on my fifteenth year working for a cooperative CUSO, it seems right for me to reflect on my experience in the credit union industry. During my lengthy time here, I have found not only a home, but a lot to say about the things the credit union community does right.
Unlike other places I have worked, I’ve noticed the credit union industry has some unique attributes, many of which are the reason I’ve stayed for fifteen years. First and foremost, there is a genuine care about the consumer in our industry, where being a member still means something in today’s competitive world. Furthermore, credit union employees like to learn from each other and this knowledge is then freely shared with other people. There is also a fellowship among people in the credit union industry that I have not seen in other places I have worked. And finally, what is most impactful is that this care extends to an interest in all credit unions being successful.
But I know my wonderful experience in the industry is not limited to myself. I’m sure anyone who has spent a decent amount of time here has felt the connection and community we have as an industry and has plenty of stories. To share these stories and perspectives, I reached out to four seasoned leaders in the credit union industry, some of whom have been here for much longer than me.
Here is what they had to say: