Today marks one year on the job here in New Jersey. To answer a question that I’m asked often…yes it seems like a year. Although some days it seems like I’ve been here much longer, and others not so much. That’s good, in my mind. It means that I feel comfortable here and know that we are getting things done, but it also means that I understand that I must continue to discover the distinguishing characteristics of New Jersey and the credit union community we have here.
I am excited as I reach this milestone. We have implemented some new approaches and programs. We have increased our dialogue with you, the affiliates, to identify areas where we can refine and build our processes and deliverables to best suit your diverse needs. There are also a number of initiatives in the hopper that I believe you will find valuable. There is work to be done and in that work is great opportunity.
But today, I want to pause to say “thank you.”
Thank you to the fantastic staff here at the New Jersey Credit Union League. This is a high-caliber group of diligent, service-oriented professionals who put your needs first. They are also caring, genuine individuals who have embraced the changes that came along with me. We are a strong team and we continue to grow together.
Thank you to the NJCUL Board of Directors of 2013 & 2014. I am humbled and driven by the confidence you put in me a little over one year ago. I am grateful for the guidance you have given as I have acclimated to New Jersey. As much, I appreciate your straightforward approach, keeping the focus on getting things done for the credit unions of New Jersey.
Thank you to you, the credit unions of New Jersey. You have welcomed me to your state and your community in a way that makes me feel at home. I have had the opportunity to meet many of you over this first year and am thankful for the relationships that have formed and continue to grow throughout the state.
Finally, thank you to my wonderful wife, Stacy, and our children, Bailey, Taliya and Landon. We packed up our lives and moved from the Midwest, first setting foot in New Jersey for this new chapter 366 days ago. I cannot begin to explain what that means to me, but I know that “thank you” is only the tip of the iceberg.
It’s been a great year and I look forward to many more.