Two local leaders receive awards from credit league

Published 10:55 am Monday, December 21, 2015

ST. JOSEPH — Two leaders with Honor Credit Union were recently honored by the Michigan Credit Union League.

CEO Scott McFarland and Director of Human Resources Katie Berry both received awards from the MCUL, with McFarland receiving Credit Union Professional of the Year and Berry the Young Professional of the Year. The league announced their 2016 award recipients Dec. 8.

The Credit Union Professional of the Year award recognizes an individual whose strong leadership and accomplishments have bettered their individual credit union, their chapter, the Michigan Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association.

Since named CEO of Honor Credit Union in 2008, McFarland has built a team that prides itself on the philosophy of “people helping people” while also growing Honor Credit Union by 170 percent.

McFarland said the substantial growth is due to a strong member and community base, a progressive and supportive board of directors, and the credit union’s dedicated staff and executive team. McFarland believes the key to serving more members is by serving each member individually, and the credit union’s goal is to provide each member not only with solutions for financial success, but with an overall member experience that exceeds expectations.

The Young Professional of the Year recognizes an individual who has proven dedication and enthusiasm for the credit union movement.

Berry joined Honor Credit Union six years ago as the benefits coordinator. Today, she serves as Honor’s director of human resources. As director, Berry has been instrumental in developing the Honor’s HR department, overseen hiring and promotion processes, and supervised employee benefit options and packages to ensure the credit union staff is in the best position possible to coach and develop their teams.

Berry’s passion for the credit union has made her an invaluable and well-respected member of the Honor Credit Union team, and a model for HR professionals in any industry. She played a crucial part in Honor’s biannual cultural survey, along with individual team member assessments. In addition, she remains instrumental in minimizing turnover and maximizing promotion, while working with team members to recognize their talent and potential.

Berry continues to tirelessly work to improve the credit union by using all instances of employee turnover as learning opportunities, working to identify areas where the credit union can improve, and minimizing future attrition.

McFarland and Berry will travel to Detroit in June 2016 to be officially awarded the titles by the MCUL.

Honor Credit Union serves more than 55,000 members across the State of Michigan.  Providing solutions for financial success and giving back to the communities they serve remain the driving forces behind Honor Credit Union.

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