CU People on the Move: Together Credit Union and Electro Savings Credit Union

Published 3.4.21

Together Credit Union names (St. Louis, MO) Pier Alsup chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer. Electro Savings Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) bids goodbye to retiring vice president of finance & lending and chief finance officer, Eric Hardman, and welcomes Patti Poe, new vice president of finance & lending and chief finance officer.

Together Credit Union names first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer

Pier Alsup, chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer
for Together Credit Union

Together Credit Union has named Pier Yvette Alsup as its first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer.

“As a credit union, we are taking steps to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace, in our member family, and in our community. Pier’s proven track record of developing strategies and executing initiatives that inspire change is unprecedented,” said Bob McKay, president & CEO. “By uniting our voices, we will strengthen our mission by providing experiences that empower each and every member to live their best lives.” 

As chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, Alsup leads the credit union’s commitment to an equitable, inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated, valued and enriches personal and organizational growth. Alsup designs initiatives to identify inequities within the organization, implements policies that overcome barriers to success, fosters an inclusive and engaging culture, and develops diverse recruiting and hiring practices. Additionally, Alsup sponsors the credit union’s employee resource groups that encourage networking and socialization, create volunteer and service opportunities, boost professional development, and raise awareness of relevant topics or issues. 
Alsup also leads Together Credit Union’s Diversity & Inclusion Council as its founding member. Formed 2018, the council is comprised of diverse employees from throughout all levels of the credit union as well as a member of its board of directors. The Council’s mission is to empower its members to serve as thought leaders and champions in the advancement of Together Credit Union’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
“We operate in a society formed from systemic biases. Together, we can shift these influences by respecting differences, valuing experiences, and acting with integrity. This is an opportunity to create real, meaningful change,” said Alsup. 
Alsup joined Together Credit Union, formerly Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union, in 1990 as the senior vice president of marketing and communications, where she led strategic marketing initiatives until 2015. Throughout her tenure in this role, Alsup helped drive the credit union’s growth from $260 million in assets and 55,000 members to more than $1.55 billion in assets and 120,000+ members. 
Alsup served as the credit union’s chief community engagement & social responsibility officer from 2015 thru 2020. She developed community outreach and engagement programs and directed financial-wellbeing initiatives, including establishing the Together Foundation, a non-profit serving residents in the St. Louis Metropolitan area through grants and financial empowerment programs. She continues directing the Foundation in her new role. 

Eletro Savings Credit Union bids good-bye and welcome home to CFOs

After 21 years of being part of the Electro family, Electro Savings Credit Union gives a bittersweet good-bye and best wishes to its vice president of finance & lending and CFO, Eric Hardman, retiring on April 1, 2021. “We wish Eric a well-deserved retirement as he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Joyce and their children and grandchildren,” says Jim Struble, President & CEO.

“As my journey of the last 40 years is coming to a close, I have felt blessed to be part of the credit union movement that aligned with the foundation of my faith; people helping people, treating people with dignity and respect, and serving the community," says Eric Hardman. "I want to thank my wife, Joyce, for the years of support and Electro’s staff, management, and volunteers for trusting and respecting me as a key partner in the credit union’s development. I have many accomplishments and achievements during the years to look back upon, but the friendships and family of Electro are the most cherished and valued. As I end this journey, I leave carrying my head high. I am proud of my accomplishments, will continue my love and respect for my credit union family, and take with me the joy of my involvement in so many lives within the community."

Eric Hardman next to his wife Joyce

Eric Hardman, retiring Electro Savings CFO

Electro welcomes Patti Poe as its new vice president of finance & lending and CFO with Eric's retirement.

Patti is no stranger to the Electro family, working at Electro from 2000 to 2003 as accounting manager and mentoring under Eric. “We are excited to welcome Patti back to the Electro family,” says Struble.

“Twenty years ago, I knew Eric would retire from Electro, so if I was to progress in my credit union career, I knew I would have to look for opportunities outside of Electro," says Patti Poe. "I have always believed that if you love what you do and love where you work, you never work a day in your life. So it’s incredible to join an organization that makes you feel this way. I look forward to collaborating with a team of talented people, making a difference in the community, mentoring others aspiring to enhance their credit union careers, and ensuring that as Electro grows, it remains financially secure for our members. I want to thank Electro for welcoming me back with open arms. I look forward to spending the remainder of my credit union career here and appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the powerful Electro masterpiece we all envision."

patti poe

Patti Poe, new Electro Savings CFO

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