Named for the late Phil Greer, senior vice president of loan administration for State Employees CU, the award recognizes lifetime achievement by a credit union lending professional who exemplifies the same kind of leadership, passion and commitment Greer brought to the lending profession.
“Rex’s dedication to providing the best member services and the leadership he showed while starting Baxter CU are what the Phil Greer award is all about” said Bob Stowell, CUNA Lending Council Chair and senior vice president/chief lending officer at Firefly CU, Burnsville, Minn. “However, he didn’t stop there. The knowledge he has helped to provide to thousands of credit union lenders with his consulting services has helped to propel our movement forward.”
Johnson started Baxter CU with just 20 members and $500 in deposits. Twelve years later, membership had grown to 72,000 and assets had reached $300 million. Baxter remains one of the fastest-growing credit unions in history.
Johnson’s experience led him to create Lending Solutions, Inc. (LSI) in 1994 and Lending Solutions Consulting, Inc. (LSCI) in 2000. He has shared his lending, sales and collections expertise with credit unions of all sizes across North America, and LSCI has trained more than 33,000 credit union employees to date.
Johnson will be honored at this year’s CUNA Lending Council Conference, Nov. 12-15, in Nashville. The conference brings lending professionals from around the country together to learn about the latest lending hot topics and network with their peers, all while honoring the individuals who have been forces of progress for the credit union movement in the lending field.