Q&A with Ron Russell

Occupation: Westminster Park Manager; retired from York County Natural Gas Authority
Joined Family Trust: 1991
Family Trust service: Former co-chair of the Business Advisory Committee; previously served on the Supervisory Committee
Family: Jacquelyn, spouse; sons, Matthew, Chad & Patrick, all married, 6 grandchildren
Other Volunteer work: Member of Westminster Presbyterian Church (drama, chancel choir, orchestra men’s ensemble and other areas); 4-H leader (15 years); BSA leader (30 years); York County Crime Stoppers director (15 years); ChristmasVille Team Leader; American Red Cross blood donor; volunteer with Project Hope and Come See Me. Member Carolina Chordsmen barber shop group, Alley Cats quartet and The 4 Chordsmen quartet.

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

I am a valuable resource because of my community contacts and with Family Trust members. I understand basic finance and accounting practices, and can readily understand the credit union’s balance sheet and income statement.

I want to continue my board duties by serving in the best interests of the membership. I also want to ensure credit union affairs are administered fairly and impartially while conforming to sound business practices and regulations. I will continue to rely on employees and consultants for necessary input on decisions.

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

Security: Family Trust must aggressively protect member information by keeping pace with continuing changes in security protection to prevent data breaches and fraud.

Regulation: This is a daily concern to make sure Family Trust is in full compliance.

Customer Service and Service Options: It’s all about service and we have the best. Our CEO, senior staff, all employees and board members know the importance of quality customer service. It’s not just talk, FT does it!

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

I have been a credit union member since 1968 in Ohio and have lived in Rock Hill for 32 years.
I support CU technology and take pride in representing Family Trust at training conferences related to board training. I’m proud of all employees and their commitment to ongoing training and family relationships that our members have learned to trust.

I strongly support financial literacy/seminars/training through Family Trust for youth and adults, especially those planning for retirement.

I will continue to provide positive direction by representing Family Trust members in the establishment of policies and fulfilling board responsibilities. Thank you for giving me the continued opportunity to serve Family Trust.