Accepting the Indiana Credit Union League’s 2019 Professional Achievement Award, Teachers Credit Union President and CEO Paul Marsh emphasized TCU’s mission of “people helping people.”
Selected from nominees statewide, the Professional Achievement Award honors career accomplishments, commitment to the credit union movement and community contributions. Marsh deflected credit for the award to his colleagues for their role in TCU’s success.
“This honor reflects the efforts of all our team members in helping the credit union grow and strengthening our support for the communities we serve,” he said during the Chairman’s Awards Banquet on October 25 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis.
After starting as a TCU accounting intern in 1989, Marsh rose through the ranks to become President and CEO in 2011. In that role, he has overseen the credit union’s growth to more than 300,000 members and over $3 billion in assets. Marsh also has led the development of TCU’s commercial lending services and expansion in southwestern Michigan with a planned acquisition of New Buffalo Savings Bank.
Under Marsh’s leadership, TCU has introduced an array of online and mobile banking services to meet members’ needs. Financial education and empowerment programs also have been a priority, introducing young people to sound habits that promote financial security.
In addition, TCU’s institutional support for community organizations has flourished. Last year, the credit union instituted an annual Day of Giving, offering paid work time for team members to volunteer with organizations in their communities. Throughout 2018, team members recorded over 14,000 service hours, and the credit union and the TCU Foundation together made more than $750,000 in contributions to community organizations.
“I’ve been with TCU for my entire career and nothing has been more gratifying or inspiring than to see the way my colleagues take our community-service mission to heart,” Marsh said in his acceptance remarks. “They give of their time and treasure to support the organizations that provide for our friends and neighbors in need.”
Marsh has put TCU’s community service mission into practice himself as former board chair of the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as holding leadership positions with the Indiana Youth Institute and the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics Advisory Board. He now serves as chair of ChoiceLight — formerly Metronet Zing — an initiative providing bandwidth to schools, businesses, governments and community organizations in St. Joseph and Marshall counties.