Climbing the Ladder of Self-Confidence

Climbing the Ladder for self-confidence

What qualities make a great credit union leader?  Most often, we hear integrity, vision, strategic thinking, and clear communication. Some may even say empathy, compassion, integrity, charisma, delegation, and even empowerment. But, to ensure any of these are effective requires a high degree of self-confidence.  Note well: There’s a clear difference between confidence and arrogance. […]

Dreams to Reality: Guiding Your Leadership Aspiration

Dream to Reality

Peeling back the layers of your ambitions as a credit union leader, there’s one fundamental principle that we must embrace: The moment of absolute certainty never arrives. What a way to begin an article on aspiration! But assuming otherwise is folly.   To dream is to engage in a process of envisioning possibilities. Dreaming allows us […]

Mastering the Art of Effective Credit Union Management

When business development, credit administration, and funding management are all in alignment, things seem to hum along at your credit union. But have you found times when the organization seems to be drifting? Maybe you’ve even experienced tension among departments. Perhaps your teams feel they are competing for resources, they are misaligned on risk or […]

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Alex VanHaasteren

Senior Web Developer

Alex is YMC’s Senior Web Developer and, as the title suggests, she is an absolute pro! While she initially started in graphic design – working long and hard to expertly bring concepts to life – she also felt drawn to technology and applying her natural ability to problem solve. Web Development proved the perfect blend of her creative passion and technical savvy.

When Alex is out with friends – including her YMC colleagues – she’s up for Greek cuisine or some good pulled pork BBQ washed down with Diet Coke. Or an Old Fashioned, if the occasion demands. Someday, she hopes to go to Africa on a safari. Hopefully she’ll see a giraffe in the wild, because – as she’s pointed out – its neck is too short to reach the ground!

When she isn’t jamming out to T-Swift, she’s happy to impart some marketing words of wisdom, “Aim to create something unforgettable.” For day-to-day inspiration, she would remind you of two fundamental truths: You decide your happiness, and Ice cream is its own food group—not just a dessert.

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