BECU’s Benson Porter Recognized With Executive Excellence Award

BECU President and CEO Benson Porter was recognized by Seattle Business Magazine last week as one of its 2017 Executive Excellence Award winners.

BECU President & CEO Benson Porter speaks during the Executive Excellence dinner (Photo: BECU)

Porter was honored alongside fellow CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs, executive directors and other inspirational leaders. The awards honored them for “modeling exemplary behavior in the day-to-day operation of complex corporate ecosystems as well as in the larger context of providing a moral compass.”

In describing why he was being recognized, the magazine detailed Porter’s work shortly after joining BECU. To steer through growth, according to Porter, BECU “needed to focus on “the difference in our secret sauce—our people—and keep those front and center.”

According to the announcement, in the past two years, more than 150,000 new members have joined BECU, growing assets to $14.5 billion, making it the fourth-largest financial cooperative in the country. Through a variety of employee- and member-driven programs, BECU also donated $3.5 million to community organizations and nonprofits.

Other winners honored at the dinner included:

Ada M. Healey, Vice president, Vulcan Real Estate

Stein Kruse, CEO, Holland America Group

Ardine Williams, VP of Talent Acquisition, Amazon Web Services

Glenn Kelman, CEO, Redfin

Karen Lee, CEO, Pioneer Human Services

Budd Gould, Founder and President, Anthony’s Restaurants

Board of Directors, Alaska Air Group (Governance Award)

Darryl Rawlings, CEO, Trupanion

Scott Svenson, Cofounder and CEO, MOD Pizza

Scott Porad, CTO,

John J. Legere, President and CEO, T-Mobile US

Tucker Moodey, President, eCommerce Platform, Expedia Inc.

Roy M. Whitehead, Chairman and CEO, Washington Federal (Lifetime Achievement Award)

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