Chip Filson reflects on Kyle Hauptman’s first NCUA board meeting, how he chose to break from the script, and what it may predict for the rest of his time on the NCUA.
Mergers may seem like a sound strategy for the individual institution, but are they a sound strategy for the industry and the member-owners who make them possible? Chip Filson doesn’t think so, and goes even further to say the process is broken against the member.
Chip Filson wonders whether members’ interests are protected in both credit union-bank acquisitions and mergers, or only the former.
As we celebrate this holiday season, Chip Filson reminds us that doing good is very hard, but ultimately worth it. Sustained vision is difficult to maintain, but it’s not impossible and we have an obligation to our founding principles to fight for that vision.
Chip Filson says an often overlooked element of the credit union model is the trust and involvement of regular member-owners in their credit union. By placing more trust in the member-owner, we are strengthening our credit unions, not burdening them.
Trade Associations have had a critical role in the credit union industry over the years. Chip Filson is concerned though that they may be resting on their laurels, and have failed to evolve with an ever changing industry. What does the future hold in store for them?
Saying a credit union “merged with” instead of “acquired” a bank may seem trivial, but Chip Filson doesn’t think so. He says it blurs the lines between the two different financial institutions and weakens the cooperative nature of credit unions.
NCUA board member selection is a process that has slipped away from the credit union industry. One in which board members are not selected based on their familiarity or connection to the industry, but thanks to political favors. Chip Filson says it’s time credit unions spoke up and changed this.