NAPERVILLE, Ill. (12/4/14)--Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) President/CEO Sean Hession announced that the league will realign all resources within the Illinois Credit Union System (ICUS).
All league and LSC staff will be merged operationally to create a more streamlined organization that delivers more to its credit union members and customers than ever, Hession said.
"By using the historic synergy between ICUL and LSC as an organizing principle, we will strengthen our system, speed up product development, improve service delivery and enhance our ability to engage, educate and represent members," Hession said in a press release.
The league and LSC will remain separate entities, but staff from each organization will work together under the new structure to further the collective goals of the system.
Employees will be organized into three divisions that will market the league and LSC's products and services, respond to member needs and advocate for Illinois credit unions in Springfield and Washington, D.C.
This new alignment was made possible by George Fiegle's decision to step down as LSC executive vice president/chief operating officer, effective Jan. 2.
Fiegle will continue serving as a consultant to LSC through 2015.
"I have been here since 1986 and have been truly blessed to work in this industry where the end objective is truly serving and helping people," Fiegle said. "Nothing lasts forever and it has always been a goal of mine to leave the organization on a high note. A key to our success has been trust built through relationships and always placing credit union interests first."
Hession said the league will always be grateful for Fiegle's skills and leadership.
"When George was chosen to lead LSC, it had $3 million of revenue and served one state. Today it has twenty-fold more revenue and serves credit unions in all 50 states," the league's president added.
Under the realignment, there will be a number of staff members changing positions, according to the league.
Patty Smith will lead a new market-facing brand, marketing and sales team, for the league and the service organization. Tom Kane will head an internal product infrastructure and delivery team, which includes operations, finance, information technology and creditors resource services. Steve Olson will continue to lead the office of general counsel and advocacy.
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In addition to the organizational changes, Hession announced new strategic investment paths in business intelligence, communications and marketing, innovation and adaptability, talent development and data analytics.
These new strategies, Hession said, will allow ICUS to deliver more to its credit union members and customers than ever before.
"The status quo can no longer move us forward," Hession said. "Five years from now, we want to look back and see that we set in motion a plan to create one of the most effective credit union leagues in the country; a leader in education and member service in addition to our historic leadership in credit union advocacy.
"At the same time, we see our service corporation becoming a leading provider of card and non-card products alike to credit unions of all sizes, with a reputation for innovation, creativity and quality. With today's actions, we take the first step towards realizing that future."