Q&A with Christopher P. “Chris” Ruh

Occupation: Executive Vice President of Sales and Compliance, Williams & Fudge, Inc.
Joined Family Trust: 1987-1996, rejoined in 2009
Family Trust service: Previously served on the Nominating Committee and currently an Associate Director
Family: Wife, Jennifer; sons, Jackson (age 14) and Parker (age 11)
Other Volunteer work: District Chair, York District, Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Board Member, Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Board of Review Member, Troop 2005 Westminster Presbyterian Church

Why do you want to serve on the Family Trust Board of Directors?

I have worked for the past 15+ years for a company that is also in the financial services industry. In my current role one of my responsibilities is to ensure corporate compliance within a heavily regulated industry. I believe the experiences that I have learned in my job will transfer over and be beneficial to Family Trust.

In your opinion, what are the top three issues facing the financial industry and why.

In my opinion, the top three issues facing the financial industry are 1) identity theft and the added costs to the financial industry in managing and trying to control; 2) the current regulatory environment and the requirements that have been placed on credit unions as a result of bad practices by larger financial institutions; and 3) ways to improve the customer/member experience.

What else would you like for members to know about you?

I have lived in Rock Hill since 1978 and received my first auto loan from Family Trust in 1987 when I was 17 years old. I have always appreciated Family Trust and the services that they provide members as well as their support of our community. I have appreciated my time spent as an Associate Director; learning more about the credit union along with the management team and hope that I will have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors.