TwinStar’s Marshall Ellison Retires June 30

TwinStar Credit Union CEO Marshall Ellison is saying goodbye after 17 successful years and numerous accomplishments that have helped strengthen not only the credit union, but the entire credit union movement.

Ellison served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Credit Union League, and is seated on the board of the recently formed Northwest Credit Union Association. He participated on the Executive Committee and sat on various League and Association Committees. Ellison also served on the Board of Northwest University in Seattle and was a Board member on several of TwinStar’s wholly-owned or collaboration CUSOs.

Marshall grew up in Shelton, Wash.  After graduating from college, Ellison entered the U.S. Army where he was stationed at the Pentagon.  He served in Vietnam and Germany, and upon finishing his service was awarded with the Oak Leaf Cluster Medal of Honor.

Following the military, Ellison received a banking management certification from the America Institute of Banking.  His financial institution career spanned 42 years and encompassed officer positions at two credit unions, in Alaska and Washington, respectively, where he held the title of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ellison began his credit union career in Alaska, and then found his way back home to Twin County Credit Union in 1988.  Since then, Ellison managed changes at the credit union that produced a strong regional organization with a 24-branch footprint stretching from Renton to Portland.  TwinStar Credit Union has grown rapidly while maintaining a solid capital structure and a high degree of return to its 90,000 members.  In addition, Ellison was instrumental in the formation of several CUSOs that take the cooperative nature of credit unions to new heights, developing new revenue streams for participating credit unions.  TwinStar’s innovative spirit and solid community partnerships are two company values Ellison will leave behind.

TwinStar Credit Union has been recognized with the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award the Top of the Hill Political Advocacy Award and several Spectrum Marketing Awards while under his leadership.

Besides rockin’ the piano (an amazing talent) and avoiding singing at all costs, Ellison is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and camping.  When home with his wife Gerry, Ellison maintains a garden worthy of Sunset magazine.  Ellison has traveled the world, but will remain a little closer to home when he and Gerry celebrate his retirement with a raft trip through the Grand Canyon.


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