Mike Lee has an interesting take on debt for a credit union CEO.
“It’s not ok,” says Lee president/CEO of KCT Credit Union in Elgin, Ill. “It’s money you’re throwing away.”
His rationale: “If I get you out of debt, you’ll tell 10 people. There’s plenty of debt of for me to make income. What’s amazing about this approach is that it’s contagious.”
KCT goes the extra mile to reduce members’ debt burden. Among other products, it offers a GOOD—get out of debt—Loan, a low-rate, three-year unsecured loan designed to attack credit card debt.
The $250 million asset credit union also conducts “debt check-ups,” where it reviews members’ loans to see how it can save them money.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time we save them money,” Lee says. “People work hard in life. They should use their money best way they can.”
In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, conducted during the 2019 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, Lee addresses KCT’s community service and financial literacy efforts, its focus on select employee groups, and how it puts members’ needs first.