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 of our memories to help send Chuck on his way, albeit reluctantly. We’ll be publishing more throughout the week, so check back often!
“Chuck hired me almost 25 years ago as a teller at ‘SECU.’ I took over the executive assistant position in 1998, when Bob Hunt was our CEO. Then I stayed on for Chuck. So I have worked closely with Chuck for a number of years. One thing that has always impressed me is his willingness to do anything, even as CEO. I can’t count how many light bulbs I’ve seen him change, a job I imagine other CEOs would foist off on someone else. I’ve also helped Chuck push out cars stuck in our driveways or parking lots at 9th Street, and he’s helped staff change flat tires and jump their car batteries. He cleans the grill here at 9th Street before and after he cooks burgers and hot dogs for us, or steaks every summer for the board of directors. Chuck will also help me clean up the board room after board meetings. Chuck is a quiet leader, who leads by example. I respect him very much as a person and as a professional. And now I’m getting a little teary-eyed so I’ll have to stop.”
Vice President Marketing:
“I have worked with Chuck for 18 years. He was the VP of Operations when I started, then promoted to Executive VP, and ultimately CEO. He began his career at ECCU as a lender and worked his way up through the organization. He has helped countless members and has been a mentor to many throughout our organization.
“Chuck has always been supportive to his co-workers and will go out of his way to help the team. He is also technologically-oriented and great with computers. When we were at Quail Run (or 8th Street Office), he was the VP of Operations.
You could often find him in somebody’s office, helping them resolve a computer issue or some other thing. In fact, he once helped a marketing assistant who was new to my department. She had a virus that plagued her computer and was causing havoc. After being at the credit union for several more days, she came to realize that Chuck was not an ‘IT guy,’ but the VP of Operations! That might have been a surprise to her, but it didn’t surprise any of us that he would personally spend the time and help others if he could.”
Stay tuned for more memories of Chuck…