Andy Reed, CEO of Texas People Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas, knew his job at a credit union was different than a “regular job” before attending the National Credit Union Foundation's Credit Union Development Education (DE) program.
But it wasn’t until he attended the program that he found himself learning lessons and experiences that he intentionally lives out each day.
“Through the DE program, I discovered the profound mission at the heart of the credit union movement was vibrant, the rich history of the movement was empowering our future, and the real issues facing global society were being meaningfully impacted by our work,” Reed says.
Reed was a loan officer at a large credit union when he attended DE. He credits the program with seeing the role credit unions play in the world a little differently.
“Graduation from DE in 2007 left me eager to align myself with like-minded people who were deeply committed to the social mission of credit unions,” he says, adding that he started volunteering to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, eventually taking a leadership role in local credit union efforts to support the hospitals.
He also credits DE training as opening networking opportunities to serve on the boards of the Marketing & Business Development Council boards for both CUNA and the Texas Credit Union League (now the Cornerstone Credit Union League). He joined the executive committee of both boards and eventually chaired CUNA’s Marketing & Business Development Council.
“In a very short time I had moved from being involved in one event locally in a very ‘small’ capacity to serving in leadership capacities at the local, state and national levels in the movement,” Reed says. “But no matter where I was serving, the development issues and the mission of credit unions and the DE program showed up again and again.”