Friday, August 05, 2011 10:47:00 AM
PAULSBORO, N.J. - When Diane Delooff was offered a job at a credit union fresh out of college, she was hesitant. "I wasn't sure what a credit union was, I thought it was labor union!" she jokes. But once Delooff really got her feet wet, she was drawn to the "humanitarian" aspect of the industry, and began a long, successful career as a credit union leader.
Delooff is unsure of when exactly during her 22 years at Research-1166 her titled changed to CEO, but she has always been its leader. And she has led the credit union into new territory that has proved valuable to its success and growth.
As a small credit union CEO, Delooff has faced many obstacles and challenges, including staying up-to-date with ever-changing regulations and implementing new, emerging technology.
Despite these challenges, Delooff has found her niche as a credit union leader and found personal success as well, which she says is "to know that people have been treated with respect and hopefully have realized their hopes and dreams because of the credit union."
Delooff's last official day at Research-1166 FCU is September 2, 2011.
Read more about Delooff's challenges and triumphs as a small credit union CEO, and her plans for retirement, in this week's Weekly Exchange.