Mike Murphy honored as 2021 Volunteer of the Year

Published 10.7.21

Mike Murphy

Board Chair
West Community Credit Union

Mike Murphy, Chairman, West Community Credit Union

HCUA’s Volunteer of the Year award recognize credit union volunteers who give their time, effort, and talent to support, promote and advocate for the credit union idea movement. Their efforts have improved people’s lives, enriched their community and demonstrated loyalty to the credit union industry.

Impressive. Capable. Caring. Those are the words that have described Mike Murphy, Board Chair of West Community Credit Union and the 2021 HCUA Volunteer of the Year.

A champion of credit unions, Mike has volunteered countless hours, advocated for the movement and fiercely supported the credit union difference. 

Mike joined the West Community Credit Union Board of Directors in 1985. For 36 years, his steady leadership allowed members to enjoy financial services at competitive rates. He has overseen the growth of the credit union from a single branch with less than $35 million in assets to one with 8 branches and $345 million in assets. 

“Under his position as Chairman, the credit union has doubled in asset size along with the number of branches and was a Recipient of the Missouri Quality Award for Performance Excellence,” wrote Jason Peach, president/CEO of West Community Credit Union. “His guidance and support for the strategic plans that have led to this success has been invaluable to both me as CEO and our senior leadership team.”

Mike’s ability to effectively reach consensus, make decisions, and execute responsibilities, has served him well in his role. Mark Sievewright, Founder & CEO of Seivewright & Associates has worked with the West Community Board of Directors and the senior leadership team on strategic planning.

“The care and respect that Mike has shown for his colleagues on the Board is exemplary,” wrote Mark. “Mike makes certain that everyone has a voice and is unified around the strategic direction of the credit union.”

Dr. Tom Krapu has worked with Mike on the West Community Board. 

“Mike's curiosity and openness toward others is demonstrated by the continual learning he acknowledges to those he works with,” wrote Tom. “His strong financial background leads him to make very insightful observations and raise important questions without dominating the board process.”

Mike has participated in political advocacy through attending governmental affairs conferences and events, such as “Hike the Hill” on both local and national levels. Mike always demonstrates a "members -first " philosophy in every decision taken by the Board, and he combines this philosophy with an unwavering focus on the well-being of employees.

“Mike is a true believer in the value of credit unions for both its members, its workforce and the community,” said Jason.

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