Doug has enjoyed the benefits of being a credit union Member for over 40 years. Because he truly believes in the credit union philosophy of People Helping People, he pursued serving on the Board of Directors and was elected in 1995. Currently, Doug serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Compensation/Governance Committee, and Political Action Committee.
Doug is active in the credit union movement and currently serves on the Credit Union National Association's Community Credit Union Committee. He believes in lifelong learning in order to be the best board member that he can be; therefore, he makes time for reading, networking, attending conferences, speaking at conferences, etc. He also is a Certified Credit Union Volunteer.
Doug had a vision of starting the RCU Foundation to focus on large-impact community giveback. The foundation has been up and running since 2013 and, through donations of several million dollars, has made a positive impact on the lives of many.
When asking Doug for his vision of Royal, he responded with:
“I believe in three guiding principles for Royal Credit Union:
- Democratic Member Control
Credit Unions are democratic organizations owned and controlled by their Members, one Member one vote, with equal opportunity for participation in setting policies and making decisions.
- Members’ Economic Participation
Members are the owners. As such, they contribute to and democratically control the capital of the credit union. This benefits Members in proportion to the transactions with the credit union.
- Concern for the Community
While focusing on Member needs, credit unions work for the sustainable development of communities, including people of modest means, through policies developed and accepted by the Members.
I feel these principles express the principles of human development and the brotherhood of mankind through people working together to achieve a better life for themselves and their community.”
Doug is retired from his career at the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) where he served as the Executive Director of Operations. Prior to his career at CVTC, he was the founder and owner of Badger Window Systems where he manufactured windows, doors, and insulated glass serving the Midwest. He lives with his wife Pam on Lake Holcombe, which is 50 miles north of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.