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Liz Adams Retires After 36 Years in Credit Union Industry

For more than 36 years, Liz Adams has been an inspiration to those in the credit union industry. From credit union to trade association, her expertise and unique set of skills helped many credit union staffers and volunteers grow professionally.

“For more than 25 years, Liz has been instrumental at the Association, having helped countless credit union employees develop their professional skills and grow,” says Brad Douglas, president of Heartland Credit Union Association. “We thank her for her vision and dedication over the years, and we wish her all the best in the future."

HCUA will host a reception honoring Liz on Thursday, August 11 from 9-11 a.m., at HCUA’s St. Louis office, 2055 Craigshire Road, St. Louis, MO 63146. Please send an RSVP to Sharon Bahr. Can't make the reception? You may also email Liz your well wishes or send a card to the St. Louis office. 

Liz began her journey in “credit union land” at First Community Credit Union, where she worked in various capacities for 11 years. In 1991, she joined the Missouri Credit Union Association (now Heartland Credit Union Association) as the vice president of Professional Development, and then she was promoted to senior vice president of Member Relations.

Throughout the years, she had a number of responsibilities at the Association, including supervising the professional development and educational events, developing and managed the Association’s premier programs and events, managing the Member Relations team, overseeing MCUA’s statewide consumer awareness campaign, and governing the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation.

It’s impossible to list all of her accomplishments in one paragraph, so read below for words from those who have worked with Liz. You may share your "Liz memories" on this Facebook event page

Missouri Credit Union Association

Liz is known for her ability to put on a great event. Michelle Rosner, chief lending officer at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, shared her experience of working with Liz.

“Whether it was the Annual Meeting, a Managing in the Middle Conference, or a charitable fundraiser for CMN, there was Liz – always quietly present,” says Michelle. “Liz was the magic behind the curtain ensuring every event, every convention, and every conference went off without a hitch.”

Michelle noted Liz’s attention to detail.

“From securing nationally known speakers to selling vendor space to securing her very own husband to host a CMN trivia event, Liz has been a constant source of excellence in all that she did on behalf of credit unions,” recalls Michelle. “Only those who have ever attempted to plan such events knew the incredible amount of behind the scenes work and planning that went into these events, and she did so with a pure passion for CUs and heartfelt sense perfection.”

Children’s Miracle Network & Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation

When Maria Langston first met with Liz, she worked at the Children’s Miracle Network and Liz had just been appointed to its board of directors. Maria noted that it was a challenging time for the organization, but as chairman of the board, Liz courageously led efforts to revitalize, rebuild and rebrand the organization.   

“Liz is a transformational leader and the credit union movement will miss her vast knowledge and courageous spirit,” recalls Maria. “She never missed the opportunity to meet a family, help with an event, or support a fundraiser. She led with her heart and to this day, miracle families continue to call her a friend and champion for children.”  

Maria would later work for Liz at the Missouri Credit Union Association as vice president of events and executive director of the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation.

“Years later, when I joined Liz’s team at the Missouri Credit Union Association, she helped champion efforts to revive the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation to do more in financial education, scholarships and community development efforts to support credit unions,” says Maria.  “Her courage to speak up and speak out has made a difference in the lives of so many. She will be missed.”