In September of last year we featured an $8 million dollar credit union serving 900 florists out of a house in Roswell, New Mexico. The title of the piece was “Merger Should be The Last Resort – Collaboration is Key.” This month we sat down with Kenn Bell, President/CEO of The Florist Federal Credit Union to hear his story of how the CUSO model is so vital to his success.
We are excited to debut the Partner Connection Sessions at the 2016 NACUSO Network Conference for stories like Kenn’s. these sessions are the 6th cooperative principle in action: Cooperation among cooperatives. Our goal is to bring like-minded people together in the spirit of collaboration and innovation to help credit unions to not only survive, but to thrive. We hope you’ll join us. Now here’s Kenn’s amazing story.
PART ONE: Life Story and Experiences
Where did you grow up and what was it like living there? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Pendleton, Oregon but grew up in both Washington and Oregon. My father changed jobs a lot, so it’s hard to nominate a specific “best” town, but I consider Portland my home town. I graduated from Grant High School and eventually from Portland State University. I have returned there many times, and of course, 2 of my four grandkids live there.