Dear Friends of Verity Credit Union,
Since I stepped into the CEO role the beginning of 2014, I have tried to shrink the gap between my office and the members of Verity. As a result, every month I spend a few hours in a couple branches meeting members as they come in to do their business. It’s been great, but I realize that many members rarely, if ever, come into a branch. This blog is my first attempt to reach out to you.
In this blog, I plan on sharing with you what your credit union is doing, what we’re planning on doing and perhaps share a story or two from time to time.
For a long time, Verity Credit Union has supported various charities and local organizations; we have provided a fabulous Christmas for various families in need, we have had food and coat drives, and we have aided organizations that support working women and mothers. However, the efforts have always been “off to the side.” No more! Sustaining and nurturing the communities we live in has moved to center stage.
We recognized that a significant way we can enhance the lives of our members is to strengthen the neighborhoods where they live. In many of our neighborhoods, including our two soon-to-be branch locations – Ballard and Greenwood – we are one of a few, if not the only, locally-owned financial institution. As your “true” neighbors, we believe we are well situated to play a vital role in the life of these communities.
We are building a partnership with North Seattle College. As we get ready to move into Greenwood, we are cleaning up the kitchen at the Greenwood Senior Center, we are preparing to be at the Greenwood summer festivals and joined the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Each of our existing branches have built plans on how they plan to extend out beyond the branch walls.
Our company goal is to donate more than 1000 volunteer hours this year to various non-profits. Later this year we are planning a day where all Verity employees will do charitable work at the same time. So don’t be surprised to find Verity volunteers popping up in your neighborhood.
The credit union philosophy has always been about people helping people. We are excited to more fully demonstrate this philosophy outside of the credit union walls. If you have ideas about how Verity could contribute to making your community a better place to live, please send it my way or let your branch manager know.
CEO of Verity Credit Union
Having the opportunity every day to get closer to fulfilling our mission statement is what excites John Zmolek about his new role as CEO of Verity Credit Union. John began his association with Verity as a board member in 1986 before moving into a vice president position in 1990. He stepped up to the CEO position on January 1, 2014. In his role, he manages the operations of the credit union while working closely with the board of directors to set the course of the credit union. John received his BS in Economics from Iowa State University and his MS from University of California- Davis. He has served on several non-profit boards, including his current position on the Bright Water School Board. Whether kayaking, bicycling or hiking, he likes to be outdoors. When indoors, he loves cooking and entertaining.