Jim Lumpkin, John Zmolek Named to NWCUA Board; Jack Fallis, Bob Newcomb Retain Seats

Clockwise from top left: Jim Lumpkin, John Zmolek, Jack Fallis and Bob Newcomb.

USAgencies Credit Union President/CEO Jim Lumpkin and Verity Credit Union President/CEO John Zmolek have been named to the Northwest Credit Union Association’s board of directors after their nominations for open seats were not contested.

Veteran directors Jack Fallis, president and CEO of Global Credit Union, and Bob Newcomb, CEO of SELCO Community Credit Union, will retain their seats on the board. Their nominations also were not contested, making a traditional election process unnecessary.

Newcomb will continue to represent District 1, while Fallis stays on as the District 2 representative. All four directors will begin their three-year terms immediately following the NWCUA’s annual business meeting, which will be held Oct. 7 during the 2014 Amplify Convention in Spokane.

“We are incredibly fortunate in the Northwest to have so many talented credit union leaders who are willing to answer the call and share their expertise at the regional level,” says Troy Stang, the NWCUA’s president and CEO. “Their service, their engagement and their day-to-day support make it possible for us to share the structure, value and impact of the credit union movement in the Northwest and beyond.”

Lumpkin will represent medium asset-size credit unions. He replaces Shirley Cate, CEO of Providence Federal Credit Union, who served on the Oregon Credit Union League board and the NWCUA board for many years.

“Shirley was a go-to leader and partner to me when I came to Oregon in 2008,” Stang says. “She has continued to be an inspiration to me and to her fellow board colleagues.”

Cate calls her time on the board “enlightening from so many angles” and says that “every board meeting challenged me, and every Town Hall meeting gave me such good insight into what our member credit unions needed and what they expected not only from the Association, but also from their elected board of directors.”

Keeping her focus on the needs of credit unions was important, Cate says. “My contribution was centered on the credit unions, not on me or my credit union or my resume. It was about the credit union movement in the Northwest, and I’m extremely proud of that.”

Zmolek will take the place of Terry Belcoe, president and CEO of North Coast Credit Union, who opted not to seek re-election to his District 8 seat after serving on the Washington Credit Union League board and the NWCUA board for a total of seven years — “all while leading his credit union and leveraging community partnerships to make Skagit County a better community,” Stang says. “We appreciate Terry’s dedication to the movement and excellent board service.”

Belcoe says serving on the board was like “having front-row seats for every significant event in the credit union movement — locally, regionally and nationally.”

“I felt a lot like Forest Gump, just lucky being there as the events that have shaped our industry and our association over the past few years unfolded,” he says. “It was challenging some of the time, but a learning opportunity all of the time.”

Belcoe says he is most proud of playing a role in the merger of the Oregon and Washington leagues. “It was rewarding to watch it all come together,” he says, “and to see the wonderful synergy that has come out of it.”

His advice to future board members? “Don’t be afraid to shut up and listen once in a while (something we CEOs often struggle with), ask the questions that need to be asked, and use your fellow board members shamelessly to learn all you can from them.”

Cate would agree.

“Communicate, communicate, communicate! Keep the lines of communication open with your constituents and your board peers,” she says. “It will make your job so much easier, and all the more rewarding.”

Lumpkin and Zmolek will no doubt take that advice to heart. The need for credit union leaders to work together — and learn from each other — “is needed as much now as it has ever been,” Lumpkin says, “and I believe a strong Association is needed to help foster those collaborative efforts.”

For the NWCUA to be strong and vital, Zmolek says, “it’s important to contribute, and this is my opportunity. Verity depends on the Association to protect the movement and the charter in our state capitals. This is important work to which I’m willing to contribute.”

Lumpkin says his goal as a board member is to make sure that all voices are heard.

“I believe that it’s important for input to be heard from all categories of the membership: large and small, rural and urban, state and federal, community-based and employer/SEG-based,” he says. “By ensuring all voices are heard, we will develop into a stronger Association.”

Questions about this story? Contact Gary M. Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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