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Meet the HCUA Board: 5 Questions with Board Chair Judy Hadsall​

To introduce our Heartland Credit Union Association Board of Directors, we will run a special feature that spotlights a director of the HCUA Board each week. ​

Judy Hadsall, HCUA Board Chair

Judy has been the president and chief executive officer of CU Community Credit Union since 1997. She is currently chairman of the Midwest Financial Networks LLC, a credit union service organization (CUSO) that provides data processing solutions to credit unions.
 

It all started 19 years ago, when Judy’s former MBA classmate, who happened to be on the credit union’s board, suggested that she apply for the open president/CEO position.

“I interviewed with the executive team, and they offered me the position. This year marks 42 years in the financial industry,” says Judy. “I caught the ‘bug’ and love the credit union movement!”

She has been involved in a number of boards within the credit union industry, such as the Missouri Credit Union Association Board of Directors (2007-2015), MCUA Governmental Affairs Committee, MCUA Dues Task Force, MCUA Statewide Marketing Campaign, the Springfield Chapter of Credit Unions (2003-present), Consumer Credit Counseling Service Board (2010-present), and numerous community not-for-profit organizations.

Each board member was given the same list of questions, and he or she answered a few of them for the spotlight. Here are Judy’s responses!

What three traits define you?

●     Hardworking
●     Loyal
●     Determined
 

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

The ‘chip’ in our electronics. It has changed both the business world and our personal way of life.

What does true leadership mean to you?

Inspiring others to reach their full potential.

What is your best ‘CU’ memory?

Soon after I came to the credit union, we had made the decision to look for another data processing system. Four credit unions in Springfield created a joint venture which at that time ‘collaboration’ was new in our industry, and 19 years later we process for eight credit unions in the state of Missouri - collaboration at its best!

How would you define success?

Success is peace of mind; self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of being.