SOU Showcases the Rise of Credit Unions with Rogue Federal Credit Union CEO Gene Pelham Nov. 17

Gene Pelham

Ashland, Ore. — As large banks continue to see a decline in customers, credit unions across the United States are signing up members in record numbers.

It’s no different in southern Oregon, where Rogue Federal Credit Union is increasing its numbers at a rapid rate. To find out more about this movement and what it means on a local and national scale, Gene Pelham, Chief Executive Officer at Rogue Federal Credit Union will share his thoughts during Southern Oregon University’s Masters in Management Distinguished Alumni Series event Nov. 17. Pelham is an SOU graduate, earning his undergraduate degree in 1983 and his Masters in Management in 2006.Pelham will chat with John Bowling, SOU Masters in Management program coordinator, at the Higher Education Center in Medford at 7 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

“Gene’s discussion will be quite timely in response to a demand for greater accountability from financial institutions and the recent movement to support local community banks and credit unions,” says Bowling. “Deposits at the Rogue Federal Credit Union have exceeded projections and continue to proceed at a record pace.”

Pelham and Bowling will delve into topics of strategy and leadership during turbulent economic times, the unique market niche filled by credit unions and how that contributes to community growth. They will also discuss the future of southern Oregon’s economy and the evolving role of credit unions.

John Bowling

“Gene Pelham was chosen as our first speaker for the Master in Management Distinguished Alumni series because of his clear community leadership in the growth and expansion of Rogue Federal Credit Union,” says Bowling. “His strategic thinking and leadership exemplify both the real applied focus of the Master in Management program and the program’s commitment to promoting transformational leadership and self-awareness.”

For more information, contact John Bowling at 541-552-8116 or at bowlingj@sou.edu. The series can be found online at http://blogs.sou.edu/mim.

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