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Paul Trylko: There are Three Kinds of People - Those Who Let it Happen, Those Who Wonder What Happened, and Those Who Make it Happen
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:45 AM

Paul Trylko

“I read a quote once,” Cornerstone Credit Union League Chairman of the Board Paul Trylko shared yesterday with a credit union audience during Cornerstone’s member business meeting in San Antonio. “And it went something like this…‘when it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who wonder what happened, and those who make it happen’.”

Considering that we are at the first annual meeting of the new Cornerstone League, Trylko said it’s pretty clear that we are the kind of people who make it happen.

“We clearly demonstrated that when we unite, when we put aside personal interests and instead focus on what’s good for the majority, great things happen.”

During his membership address, Trylko highlighted some of our many successes in 2013:

  • We offered more than 130 training programs, including seminars, workshops, conferences and webinars
  • We are the only league in the country to offer ALM services as a dues-supported service to credit unions. Our ALM team provides a semi-annual key ratio report and peer group statistics, as well as monthly dividend and loan pricing guidelines as dues-supported services.
  • Council membership increased 20 percent in 2013. In addition to the CFO, Compliance, HR, Lending, Marketing & Business Development, Operations and Technology councils, we collaborated with the Louisiana Credit Union League to provide Cornerstone credit unions the opportunity to join the Member Business Services Council. We will also be adding a Volunteers council.
  • We’ve appointed 12 up-and-coming young credit union professionals to serve as Young Professional Advisors. This group is highlighted in the spring issue of Cornerstone’s LoneStar Perspectives.
  • The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation approved 301 grants in 2013 totaling more than $384,000 for financial education, professional development and disaster relief.
  • In 2013, Credit Union Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornerstone, signed partnerships with two new key business partners: CO-OP Financial Services and INTECH.

“Through continued collaboration and big picture thinking, I’m confident in the future of credit unions, our league and the movement as a whole,” Trylko told the crowd. And those sentiments were echoed by Cornerstone Treasurer Windy Campbell.

“The seven cooperative principles are the very foundation of our movement,” she told member business meeting attendees. “One principle in particular stands out for me and that is cooperation among cooperatives.”

In 2013, we consolidated three state leagues and nine companies, and from a financial perspective, Campbell said, we did very well.

“But beyond the financial aspect of the consolidation, we clearly illustrated that we not only preach, but practice the principle of cooperation among cooperatives through the successful ‘marriage if you will’ of the Arkansas Credit Union League, the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma and the Texas Credit Union League,” she told the credit union audience. “As in any ‘marriage’, there will be good times and bad times, but through commitment, perseverance and hard work, I’m confident that the consolidation was the right move.”