Jim Blaine, CEO of State Employees' Credit Union, will retire after more than four decades with the credit union.
Scroll through the timeline below to see SECU milestones and read more about the succession of Jim Blaine.
Part I: Retirement And Succession
Nation's biggest state-chartered credit union must plot course for the future without its iconic CEO.
After more than 35 years leading State Employees’ Credit Union ($33.3B, Raleigh, NC), industry heavyweight Jim Blaine announced his retirement in May 2016.
Blaine has served as the CEO of SECU since 1979 and has worked for the North Carolina cooperative for 45 years. His successor, veteran CFO Mike Lord, takes over on Sept. 1.
SECU defies conventional wisdom in its approach to member and community service, and powers its bottom line with a heady dose of hard-eyed pragmatism and what its longtime leader calls some “eccentricities.”
Under Blaine’s leadership, SECU became a $33 billion institution that serves more than 2 million members through a network that includes a brick-and-mortar presence in each of the 100 counties in North Carolina.
How’d SECU do it? And how does the nation’s second-largest credit union move on without its vocal front man? Through a series of interviews with CreditUnions.com, Blaine and Lord and their colleagues will explore the process of tapping the next in line, looking back to the succession planning that preceded Blaine's departure and forward through the strategic thinking that informs the road ahead.
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