TULSA, Okla. – is proud to announce that our President and , Mr. Leslie W. Rector, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma’s (CUAOK) annual meeting. The CUAOK established the award in order to recognize excellence in credit union philosophy and contributions to the Oklahoma credit union movement.
Mr. Rector joined as the Executive Vice President in November 1985 and remained in this position until the retirement of his predecessor allowed his ascension to his current role as Chief Executive Officer and President in January 1996.
During Mr. Rector’s tenure, has grown from $155 million in assets to the current $930 million. At their 75th Annual Meeting held in March, announced record asset growth along with strong capital reserves of 13.8% of assets. However, he is not simply dedicated to the growth of his own credit union, Mr. Rector has served on the Oklahoma State Credit Union Board of Directors, Oklahoma Credit Union League, now CUAOK, Board of Directors, Oklahoma Credit Union Shared Service Center Board of Directors and Oklahoma Credit Union Board of Directors to promote all credit unions in Oklahoma, as well as on a national level.
Mr. Rector regularly devotes his time to consulting and encouraging other credit unions in their pursuit to keep their members first. The idea of “people helping people” resounds no louder with any other credit union professional than it does with him. He frequently speaks to large crowds regarding the credit union philosophy, but more importantly, Mr. Rector lives that philosophy on a daily basis.
Mr. Rector’s commitment to helping credit union members is particularly exemplified in his prominent role in instituting the $12.5 million bonus dividend and rewards program has given back to credit union members in the past eight years. Obviously, it is not mandatory that credit unions pay a bonus dividend to its members, however Mr. Rector wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, as he says, “We are who we are because of our members.”