Opening General Session

Tim Harrington

A Higher Purpose: How You Can Differentiate Yourself in the Marketplace
Tim Harrington, TEAM Resources

What makes us different than the bank or credit union down the street? We can say it’s the credit union philosophy, and that is partially true, but every credit union can say that, even every mutual bank can say that. So what is it that makes YOUR credit union different? If you can determine this, and it matters to the public, you will be successful.

This inspirational presentation shares principles lying behind many successful organizations. We are a movement steeped in the knowledge that to do WELL we must do GOOD. Tim will delve into the deeper processes at work here. He gives examples of some of America’s thriving companies, showing how doing GOOD pays off for all the stakeholders. Tim incorporates discoveries from Quantum Physics to explain why the world works this way and shares empirical proof that there is more to this equation than meets the eye.  He emphasizes that success in credit unions results from maintaining high moral and ethical values, from giving members more than they paid for and by keeping a clear focus and understanding the truth of situations. When credit unions live by a clear and compelling Purpose, the winners are the employees, the credit union itself, and most importantly, the members.

About Tim Harrington

Author, consultant and speaker Tim Harrington has worked with credit unions in 48 states, two territories, Canada and Mexico. His progressive ideas and broad knowledge of credit union issues has made Tim a valuable resource for credit unions nationwide.  Tim has spoken to tens of thousands of credit union volunteers and staff and continues to inspire them to improve their credit unions.

Since 1996, Tim has been President of T.E.A.M. Resources, a firm providing consulting, strategic planning, and training to credit unions from coast-to-coast.  TEAM Resources’ clients range from a few million in assets to the billions in assets.

From 2001 to 2006, Tim was the Chairman of the Board of a $150 million credit union in Tucson, Arizona. Tim was appointed to the Board of this troubled credit union in 2001 and served until 2006. During his time on the Board, the credit union evolved from losing over $2,000,000 per year to earning a profit of nearly $2,000,000 by 2006.

Tim was formerly a Partner with the nation’s 3rd largest auditor of credit unions, known today as CliftonLarsonAllen. Mr. Harrington has been working with credit unions since 1989 when he directed the Internal Audit of a large credit union in Tucson, Arizona.  Prior to that, he was with a national accounting firm and has been practicing accounting and consulting since 1980.

Because of his knowledge, wit and unpretentious delivery, Tim is a much sought after speaker in the credit union movement. Tim has made presentations for CEO conferences, Directors conferences, Supervisory Committee conferences, lending conferences, marketing conferences, and many more. He is able to bring his wide ranging knowledge to benefit credit union volunteers, senior management teams and staff members on a wide variety of relevant and important topics. Tim is on the faculty of the CUNA Finance for Non-Financial Managers and Volunteers School, The CUNA Volunteer Certification School and CUNA Management School.

Tucson, Arizona has been home since 1980. Tim is a native of Montana and holds a BBA in Accounting from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  He has also attended universities in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico and Florence, Italy and speaks several languages.

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