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Reflections of 4455: Karen Hart
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:45 AM

Only two more work days, and Cornerstone Credit Union League will officially move into its new home in Plano. The move is bittersweet, and the staff leaves with many memories from years—and in some cases, decades—of time spent in this building at 4455 LBJ Freeway in Farmers Branch.

To commemorate the event, we collected some "Reflections of 4455," and here's one from Karen Hart, Cornerstone's chief member service officer, EVP, and CFO.

Hart came to work for the League in June of 1979, when the league was in the middle of finishing the construction of 4455 LBJ, or as it was known then, the Credit Union Center.

"We moved to the building in March of 1980, and man what a process that was," Hart remembers. "We had close to 1,000 employees at the time and occupied the majority of the building."

In addition to sharing the building with Town North Bank and Southwest Corporate, there were four insurance companies, a mortgage company, an investment company, and a life insurance company. "The building was a true symbol of the credit union strength and size at that time," Hart says.

"Of course many things have changed and many people have changed over the 35+ years we have occupied this building," she says. "While I am so very excited for us and our new home office in Plano, there are also some very special and emotional memories I will forever have of this building. The friendships, experiences, and years of serving credit unions from this building will truly be missed."

Hart has many stories of things that happened at 4455, she says, adding, "I will save those for another day as they may not be appropriate for print."

Of her two favorite memories, one is the celebration of HR 1151, the Credit Union Membership Act, which was a landmark case for credit unions in 1998. After an accelerated advocacy push in Congress and an unprecedented grassroots campaign, the act was signed into law a day before the Supreme Court ruled in a related case in favor of banks (a decision later condemned by many in Congress). The celebration of that critical legislation was held at league headquarters—in the building at 4455.

"It was truly a grand day and victory for the credit union movement and a true spirit and celebration of what we can do together," Hart recalls. "I think I contributed even more to TCUL PAC that day."

"Another of my fond memories was Y2K—the end of the world as we knew it, right?" Hart jokes. "We had a team on staff and a bank of phones set up for all credit unions to call and report that things were ok—and oh the stories I could tell from that night at the building. Let's just say we rang in the New Year very well. Credit unions survived, the League survived, and the only things suffering from Y2K were people with headaches the next day."

"We all appreciate and will fondly remember the old Texas Credit Union Center," Hart says, "but as the saying goes, 'The only constant is change.' I look forward to creating many more memories at 6801 Parkwood Ave."

Effective May 1, 2016, Cornerstone Credit Union League’s Dallas office is moving to 6801 Parkwood Boulevard, Suite 300, Plano, Texas 75024-7198. Please update your records with our new mailing address. Phone contacts will not change.