Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I have worked in credit unions since I was 18. What started as a job for me has become my passion. I am most proud that through my hard work and dedication to the industry, I was named CEO at the age of 25.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
The strategic plan and vision for the credit union is to become the financial institution of choice in our market. I hope to achieve that goal.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I think I have been successful because I have been fortunate to work with great people; co-workers, supervisors and mentors. These people helped and continue to help me reach higher to achieve my goals, inspire me to give back and to be a better leader for my team and my community.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
I organized credit union's across to the State of Wyoming last year to celebrate International Credit Union Day as a day of giving back to their communities. Last year on this one day, more than $18,000 dollars and more than 600 man hours were donated to the communities credit unions serve. This is now an annual event that I look to grow it each year.
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
It was my idea to bring the 4 credit union's of Laramie together for Unite For Good. We have run several campaigns over the past 2 years, collecting coats, food and other items for people in need in our community, kids suffering from food insecurity and soldiers deployed overseas.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
As the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance (LCBA), I am most excited about the growth of business in our community. In my work with LCBA, I have seen multiple companies choose Laramie as the site to relocate or expand their business. This diversifies our local economy, generates sales tax revenue and helps position Laramie for future growth.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
I would encourage young people to get involved, be heard and be part of the change they want to see or help in the solution of a problem. Our generation has huge influence in the world and we can make a difference for our community, but only if we are involved and working together.