Joe Shepela was elected to the Tech CU Board in 1999 where he has served as Chairman of the Compensation Committee for the past 12 years. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nominating Committee. eMoney recently sat down with Joe to learn more about his thoughts on matters facing the credit union, and what he’s up to when he’s not at Tech CU.
How did you become a Board member? I’ve spent my career leading Human Resources organizations in Silicon Valley and interfacing with Boards of Directors on numerous issues. I became interested in participating in Board work from the other side of the table, so to speak. Bob Howard-Anderson, another current Board member, had been a work colleague of mine at a prior company and mentioned that the Tech CU Board needed someone with expertise in organizational behavior, compensation and employee relations. Luckily for me, I fit the bill and have been fortunate to have served on the Board for the last 13 years.
What have you been most proud of during your time at Tech CU?I have really enjoyed the collegial spirit inherent within the organization and the Board, itself. We work hand-in-hand with management towards the shared purpose of creating the best financial services environment for our members. It has been a successful and harmonious partnership, one that I am very proud of.
How do you spend your free time?After moving to Encinitas, near San Diego, if I am not traveling up to Tech CU for meetings, my wife and I enjoy visiting our family and traveling all over the world to see new things. I also consider myself a life-long learner and am always looking for exciting challenges. At the moment, I am studying and working on my conversational Spanish.
Any other thoughts you’d like to add about your role as a Tech CU Board member?I’d like members to know that the Board works very diligently towards doing what is best for this organization and its members. This includes leading Tech CU through the many challenging times faced by the financial industry.
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