NW Priority President and CEO, Mark Turnham, to Retire After 40 Years of Service

Julie Garren will assume the role of President and CEO on Sept. 1.

NW Priority President and CEO, Mark Turnham, is retiring after 40 years of distinguished leadership and dedication to NW Priority and its members.

8/11/2020

NW Priority Credit Union President and CEO, Mark Turnham, is retiring after 40 years of distinguished leadership and dedication to NW Priority and its members, as well as the greater Credit Union Movement. He will start the next chapter in his life on Sept. 1.

Turnham’s career began at NW Priority in March of 1980, where he worked in the Collection Department. He was then promoted to Assistant Treasurer and became President and CEO in 1998. He is the longest standing President and CEO in NW Priority history. Under Turnham’s leadership, the credit union has grown from $111 million in assets to $270 million.

During Turnham’s credit union career, he served on The Oregon Credit Union League Board (now known as the Northwest Credit Union Association), the Mt. Hood Chapter Board, and was President of Western CUNA Management School for three years. Turnham also received the Charlie Clark Award from CUNA Management School, which is presented each year to an outstanding member of the graduating class. He has also received the Credit Union Association of Oregon’s Distinguished Service Award – Professional of the Year, as well as CUNA’s Advocate of the Year Award.

Turnham wholeheartedly believes in credit unions and their philosophy of “People Helping People.” One of the most remarkable parts of his credit union career, he said, has been “witnessing the growth and influence of the Movement.” He’s been a well-respected leader in the credit union industry for four decades and will be greatly missed by the NW Priority team.

Julie Garren, Chief Financial Officer, will assume the role as the credit union’s new President and CEO on Sept. 1.

The NW Priority Board of Directors decided to promote from within, selecting Chief Financial Officer Julie Garren as the credit union’s new President and CEO. Garren will assume the role on Sept. 1.

“I am honored that our Board has allowed me to continue NWPCU’s philosophy and values,” said Garren. “It is a bittersweet moment, as I have worked with Mark for 33 years, and we will all miss him a great deal. I am excited to continue the strong tradition of this credit union, moving forward into the future working with such a committed Board of Directors and an outstanding team who are dedicated to serving our membership.”

The Board feels Garren is the best fit to continue NW Priority’s philosophy and dedication to its membership.

“We appreciate Julie’s efforts in remaining focused as the CFO while working along with Mark to have a seamless transition in September,” said Marie Mullins, Chairperson of the Board. “We look forward to the next chapter of NWPCU going forward as she accepts her new duties.”

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