Interviews to Retirement: Recognizing Your Passion
This week's post comes from guest blogger Paula Anderson, our Vice President of Marketing.
I see me, late last Spring, interviewing a half dozen candidates for an open social media position. While the position and skill set are fairly new, the interview process is not, right? Comb through resumes, narrow down candidates, bring a half dozen in for interviews, provide a creative brief, request sample work, review said work, and select a candidate. Sound typical? Let’s rewind the process back to the interview.
Today, interview conversations are as much centered on candidates interviewing the company and their potential manager as the manager and the company interviewing the candidates. The question commonly posed to me of “How long have you worked for the Credit Union?” is always quickly followed with a not-so-common, “Wow. (pause)” which in turn is typically followed with, “Why?” Of course, this is all in response to my initial reply, “I guess it’s going on 24 years now.” (I started here very, very young!)
In all seriousness, I smile as I find myself “explaining” this tenure. How the Credit Union offers great products and services. How our rates lead in the market. How a strong member-focus is evident from top down. How the financial services industry has evolved (think debit cards, online banking, mobile banking, e-everything). And, how the credit union and my position have evolved (think mergers, branch expansions, new products, new services, new media, new communications). The credit union has been nothing but dynamic.
This week, we see the dynamics of the credit union continue. The management and staff join together in wishing “congratulations and a very happy retirement” to Dave Osborn, our CEO. Dave joined the credit union in 1992 as a new incoming CEO. I’m certain in his interviews with the Board of Directors, conversations centered on his passion for helping members achieve financial success. For the past 23 years, it is this member-focused dedication that guided his leadership, influenced product and service offerings, and advanced the significant growth and success of the credit union under this watch.
As Dave retires as CEO of the credit union, to simply Chief Executive Osborn, we thank him for his vision, his member focus, and his tenure, and we wish him all the best. #HowDoYouCU #DaveOsbornRetires