ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (4/1/14)--Building relationships is the top priority for Paul Stull in his role as the new president/CEO of Credit Union Association of New Mexico, Stull said in March 28 interview with Albuquerque Business First.
Stull, who previously served as senior vice president at $1.47 billion-asset Arizona State CU, Phoenix, was named president of the New Mexico league in January (News Now Jan. 16)
"Leading a trade organization is all about building relationships," Stull said. "Getting to know the people involved in the credit union movement in New Mexico as well as community leaders is an important goal. New Mexico has a proud tradition of independence. I need to create opportunities for working together, but still maintain the unique culture and value of each organization."
Stull said he will measure progress by helping others achieve their goals. On a day-to-day level, that means helping New Mexico credit unions provide superior services to their members. "On a larger scale I want to play a role in helping our communities grow and want to participate in helping credit unions create economic value through jobs and opportunity for both businesses and individuals," he added. "I measure progress every time I see a credit union enable, support and strengthen the lives of their members and the communities they serve."
Credit unions in New Mexico have been successful in communicating the value of participating in a financial cooperative, as evidenced by one-third of all New Mexico residents who belong to a credit union, Stull said. "This understanding is something I keep in mind every day as I seek to represent credit unions at both the state and national level," Stull said.
Among the greatest strengths of credit unions and cooperatives is their willingness to work together to bring value to their members, Stull said. "No matter how big a cooperative gets, its strength is still derived from the power of working together," he said. "There is strength in numbers and allowing competition or other forces to divide the cooperative will take away its power."