March – April 2014
The HR Network gathers credit union professionals who are responsible for HR within their credit unions and provides a forum for discussion of the challenges and regulations within the Human Resource industry. The network will focus the first hour on a specific topic (to be determined) and then open the balance of the time to open discussion among attendees. Participants also have the opportunity to communicate through the League WikiPage, established specifically for HR issues and discussion. More information on the WikiPage will be discussed at this meeting.
League Chapter and At-Large League Director Candidates
In accordance with Credit Union League of Connecticut bylaws, mail-in ballots have been sent to all affiliated credit union CEOs to vote for Chapter Directors and At-Large Director. A memo describing the voting process is included with the ballot.
Below are the candidates, including their biographies and photos.
President/CEO, Seasons FCU
Keith is President/CEO of Seasons Federal Credit Union in Middletown, CT and has served in this position since 1997. Keith started his credit union career at the UConn Student FCU in 1980. He held positions at CUNA Mutual Group and several credit unions prior to working for Seasons FCU.
Keith served on the Board of the CT Credit Union League as an alternate director from 2001-2006, and as a full board member since 2007. Keith is currently Chairman of the League Board. He served on the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, International Partnership Committee, and Co-Chaired the CEO Search Committee. He also volunteers at Financial Reality Fairs, and currently serves on the CT Financial Reality Fair board of directors serving as Treasurer.
He is an active volunteer in the community. He served on the Middlesex United Way board of directors, the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Mentor Core Committee and served on the supervisory committee of the Empire Corporate CU for six years.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of CT and a Master of Business Administration degree from Western New England College.
CEO, Greenwich Municipal Employees FCU
I have worked in the credit union industry since credit unions were plain vanilla and NCUA examiners arrived without notice. Through all my years of experience, one thing is certain. There is constant change in our industry. From small employer group credit unions to large community credit unions, there is a place for all of us in Connecticut.
I am a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and have also completed the requirements of CUNA Management School. I have been an active volunteer in the credit union movement throughout my career. I have served in numerous positions at the chapter level including President. I have volunteered at the Reality Fairs. I have served on the League Board as an Alternate Director and a Director. I have volunteered on many League committees whenever help was needed.
Our League is important to all the credit unions in the state, both large and small. Working together for their success is what our League exemplifies. I have witnessed the change in the credit union industry and want to guarantee small credit unions always have a voice in our state.
John E. Keet, Jr.
President/CEO, Personal Care America FCU
I have been in the industry for over 35 years; working my way up to my present position of President/CEO of Personal Care America Federal Credit Union located in Trumbull. I have held this position for the last 15 years.
I have served on various committees of the League for more than 17 years and as an At-Large member of the Board of Directors for the League for the last 3 years. I currently serve as Secretary of the Board and I am on the Legislative Committee for federally chartered credit unions. I have served in the past as a chapter official. I am also a Trustee for the Charitable Foundation and I am very active with the Financial Reality Fairs as well as the International Partnership program.
During my career I have been instrumental in instituting innovative and cutting edge programs and products/services at my credit union. I have grown my current credit union from 9 million dollars in assets to over 20 million dollars in large part by taking “a hands” on and progressive approach. I would categorize my management style as a participative one, encouraging my staff to take an active role in the daily operation of the credit union. I will bring this same philosophy to my position as a director on the League board; looking to credit unions in Connecticut for input on the direction they want to see their League go.
Over the years my approach to serving my members has resulted in the credit union winning multiple awards including marketing awards at the state level and the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action at both the state and national levels.
I believe that my experience and knowledge of the Connecticut credit union movement will prove to be extremely valuable as a League board member. I feel that Connecticut has a great group of credit unions and I want to help all of us become stronger and more united in the cooperative spirit.
Click here for the 2014 League Awards Program Book.
Individuals new to credit unions are invited to attend this program to gain an understanding of credit unions from the birth of the individual credit union movement through an overview of the current credit union environment. Participants will gain a knowledge of what makes credit unions unique and their role in the world of credit unions. This program is open to staff, management and volunteers.
The Financial Reality Fair held in this city will attract a large number of high schools from surrounding towns with participating students numbering in the hundreds!
Many volunteers are needed to insure the success of this important educationalactivity. Please consider volunteering!
Watch for specific location and more information on this exciting event!
The Financial Reality Fair held at this academic site always attracts a large number of local high schools with participating students numbering in the hundreds!
Many volunteers are needed to insure the success of this important educational activity. Please consider volunteering!
Watch for more information on this exciting event!
We hope you are planning to join peers at the League Annual Meeting, scheduled Wednesday, April 2nd at the Aqua Turf. The day will start with a Young Professionals Panel discussion, facilitated by Gigi Hyland, Director of NCUF and our keynote speaker for the day. Panelists include Connecticut GAC crasher Chris Whalen (Connex CU); CUES Next Top CU Executive Amanda Brenneman (Maps CU) and Board Member Jason Cutler (Windsor Locks FCU).
Additional speakers for the day include: Keynote speaker Gigi Hyland, Director, NCUF; Chris Barnes, SVP Client Development, The Pert Group and Paul Fiore, Founder of CU Wallet. Additional information will be in Annual Meeting registration materials.
A special activity added this year is the Trike Competition, a fundraiser in recognition of April 2nd as Financial Fitness Day. Proceeds from the competition will go to NCUF, CT Financial Reality Fairs and the Charitable Foundation. Look for additional information from the League within the next few weeks.