Rogue’s CEO, Gene Pelham, Inducted into Credit Union House Hall of Leaders

Credit Union Movement icon Gene Pelham took a storied place in history Sunday, Feb. 27, as he was inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders. The ceremony kicked off the CUNA GAC. Pelham was accompanied to the breakfast by his wife Tina, granddaughter Lyric, and Rogue’s Board Chair, Philip Smith.

Induction into the Hall of Leaders is an honor reserved for professionals who made a significant impact on the Movement, and who remain committed to the founding mission and values of credit unions.

That’s certainly true of Pelham, CEO of Medford-based Rogue Credit Union. He has worked tirelessly in the financial services industry for over 42 years. Pelham joined Rogue in 2003 and became President and CEO in 2007. When he took the reins, Rogue had 39,400 members and $303 million in assets. Today, the $3 billion asset credit union is the preferred financial services provider to more than 184,000 members. And it’s what those members need that drives Pelham’s energy to serve.

When he received his trophy, Pelham gave credit to Smith and the credit union’s board.

“I want to thank Philip, because Philip and the board give me the opportunity each day to provide our members the credit union they deserve,” Pelham said. “The board is dedicated to making a meaningful difference for our members and the communities we serve.”

It wasn’t just leading his credit union that brought Pelham to the Hall of Leaders – it was a career marked by selfless service to the greater good.

NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang and Rogue Credit Union Board Chair Philip Smith congratulate Pelham following the Hall of Leaders induction breakfast in Washington, D.C.

“Gene has raised his hand again, and again, and again to lead by example in the Credit Union Movement,” said Troy Stang, NWCUA’s President and CEO. “He is a tireless advocate, always willing to meet with elected officials to champion the credit union difference with them. He set a high bar in his advocacy and leadership efforts, and he inspires all of us to reach higher.”

Pelham, who currently chairs the Northwest Credit Union Foundation Board, also served on the Board of the former Credit Union Association of Oregon, the NWCUA Board of Directors, the Oregon Governmental Affairs Committee, financial education committees, and more. Pelham values education and mentorship and served on the Western Credit Union National Association Management School Board of Trustees, and Southern Oregon University’s Foundation Board of Trustees.

When wildfires raged throughout Oregon in September 2020, he submitted legislative testimony to push for wildfire recovery and as a result of the leadership he showed, was tapped to serve on the Governor’s Wildfire Economic Recovery Council. With Pelham’s leadership, Rogue was a major contributor to helping the community recover from the fires, donating over one million dollars to those who were displaced.

Editor’s note: Pelham will retire from Rogue Credit Union in March. Current President Matt Stephenson, who has worked alongside Pelham since 2004, will become President and CEO effective April 1.

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