John has enjoyed the benefits of being a credit union Member for more than 40 years. His involvement with Royal Credit Union includes serving on the Political Action Committee, Audit Committee, and Board Advisory Committee. Previously, John served as Chairman of the board for 17 years and Treasurer for 10 years.
John is also very involved in the credit union movement on a state and national level because he believes strongly in the credit union philosophy. He currently services as a director on the National Credit Union Foundation, as well as President of the RCU Foundation. He also serves on the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Board of Directors and served as the first Chair of the CUNA Volunteer Leadership Committee. John has also served on CUNA’s Community Credit Union Committee as Vice Chairman, CUNA's Mergers Task Force, and the CUNA Task Force on Due Diligence.
John enjoys attending and making presentations at Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) and CUNA conferences plus many state and local seminars relating to credit union activities. Not only is John a Certified Credit Union Volunteer, he also has received the following certificates for completion of the National Volunteer Achievement Program: Edward Filene (1986), Friedrich Raiffeisen (1990), Roy F. Bergengren (1992), Technology (1999), Alphonse Desjardins (2003), Louise Herring (2003), Dora Maxwell (2003), and Thomas Doig (2011). John also completed the Credit Union Leadership Program and Financial Literacy Program.
After serving as Director of Finance for the Eau Claire Area School District for 27 years, John is enjoying his retirement. This has also allowed him to become even more involved in the credit union industry, which he has a true passion for. During his career, he was honored with the 2001 Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials' Wallace Zastrow Award. John is a graduate of the UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelors Degree in Comprehensive Public Accounting.
John's vision is to expand Royal to new markets and new Members while being the primary financial institution of choice in the communities where Royal has a presence.
John and his wife, Kris, have four children and live in Eau Claire.