We’ll Miss You, Chuck!
Chuck Cornelius, our multi-talented CEO, is retiring on March 5th. He’s served ECCU for 36 years in a variety of roles. He has been a loan officer, branch manager, VP/lending, VP/operations, and CEO for the past ten years. His passion for serving members while treating everyone with kindness and respect is what we’ll remember most. Chuck is a true leader.
Here are a few more of our memories to help send Chuck on his way, albeit reluctantly. We’ll be publishing more throughout the week, so check back often!
Vice President HRD/Training:
“It was a familiar phrase we heard for many years at ECCU. Chuck assisted in many areas of the entire credit union and all of our operations. He considered it his goal to make everyone else’s job easier, so he’d ask how he could help. When there was an issue of any sort – mechanical, computer, member service, even some of the more delicate ‘janitorial’ issues – you’d hear throughout the building, ‘Where’s Chuck?!’
“I also believe Chuck made ECCU the family-friendly place it is today. He truly cares about us as employees, as individuals and our families as well. I can attest that this philosophy has been channeled from Chuck and through my department, and, as a result, throughout the entire organization. It all started at the top with Chuck. He had the forethought and vision to know that by developing a happy, content, and motivated workforce, we could accomplish much more and better serve our members. He was the first one to support our family-first, work-life balance initiatives.”
Arlene, remembering Chuck’s advice to externs:
“Every year, Chuck gave advice to Western Michigan University externs who visited to learn more about ECCU and prospective CU careers. He’d share the accomplishments of his career and emphasize how important it was never to take shortcuts. As busy as people can get, especially in today’s fast-paced world, he’d remind the externs that it’s vital not to skip steps and to do a good job always.
“Chuck also reminisced about his first duties at the credit union, which included being in charge of statement processing. He would oversee this extremely large machine that would run statements overnight. Measuring about 6-feet long by 5-feet tall and called a ‘Burster,’ the machine would insert the statement paper using pin feeds and then cut the individual pages. Chuck would manually watch the machine and refill the many boxes of paper throughout the night, usually from 8pm until 8am. If there were problems, he’d manually correct the issue or re-run the statements. Long story short? Chuck NEVER took a short cut when it came to serving our members or his staff. No matter the situation, he was always generous with his time and talents; everyone at ECCU was on the receiving end of Chuck’s generosity.”
What Arlene will always remember about Chuck and makes him special:
- Always carries a comb, so there is never a hair out of place
- I have never seen him use a Kleenex; he carries a handkerchief (hankie)
- Has a natural athletic talent and even used to run on his lunch hour
- When he wasn’t running on his lunch hour, he was at Meijer!
- He is a reliable, trustworthy family man
- Has a BIG heart and the patience of a saint
- You can talk to him about anything
“I’ll miss Chuck greatly and consider him both a mentor and a great friend.”