Originally from Raymond, Alberta, Canada, John Stevenson first came to Utah to attend Brigham Young University before making Provo the home to his future family. John has put his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to good use, with nearly 30 years experience working with both technology and people.
In 1986, John became a member of UCCU and joined the board in 2000, where he’s been voluntarily serving for over 15 years. We sat down with John and discussed his experience on the UCCU Board of Directors.
What brought you to UCCU?
I’ve been a long time advocate of the credit union movement. I tend to look for organizations that benefit consumers and have their best interests at heart. I could see that UCCU supports its members and believes in providing better rates, cheaper loans, and stronger savings yields. These types of things made me proud to become a member.
How did you get involved with UCCU’s Board of Directors?
I attended BYU’s MBA program with Ken Gibby, the current SVP/CIO at UCCU. I loved that the credit union was led by volunteers and I told Ken that I’d be interested in helping if there was ever the right opportunity. In 2000, Ken called me and informed me of a recent vacancy on the board. Soon after, I met with Ron Eliason, who was the president of the credit union at the time. Fortunately, it turned out to be a wonderful fit and I’ve been serving on the board ever since.
Can you tell us a little about your experiences volunteering for UCCU?
I love technology and have enjoyed being involved in the major tech decisions. I’ve always been an early adopter of new technologies and with my role on the board, I’ve helped set the direction and evolution of exciting technologies, such as mobile banking and the EMV chip. Right now, UCCU is going through the process of a major system conversion that is going to set the credit union on the right path for the next decade to come. It’s really phenomenal. Of course, member interfaces are going to remain very simple and that’s part of what’s exciting about it. As UCCU implements this state-of-the-art technology, member services will run smoother and easier than ever.