Corporate Leader of the Year: John Zmolek

by Cody Chapin | Feb 13, 2017

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The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor businesses and business leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.

The 2016 Corporate Leader of the Year is John Zmolek, President and CEO, Verity Credit Union.

A fitting title for John Zmolek could be Chief Community Enhancement Officer, because Verity Credit Union’s mission of enhancing the community and the lives of its members is what excites John the most.  Since becoming CEO in 2014, John has increased the credit union’s membership by 10 percent after many years of flat growth.  He believes that when you focus on the mission of improving communities, individual success will follow.  Verity employees are as motived as he is – 89 percent recently surveyed stated that they are motivated to fulfill the mission.  John came to Verity in 1986 as a board member, then joined the staff as CFO in 1990, and served in several executive capacities during his rise to CEO. Over the years, Verity has been an outlier in their field. During the housing crisis, 70 percent of their refinanced loans were successful when the industry standard was under 50 percent. Under John’s leadership, Verity adopted an advocacy policy and became the only credit union in the country to sign onto the amicus brief of the United State v. Windsor case and the only credit union in the state to become a business coalition partner of Washington Won’t Discriminate in 2016. Verity has been a generous sponsor and supporter of numerous GSBA activities and events such as Young Professionals with Pride. They are also a committed supporter of the Pride Foundation and participate in the SPD Safe Place program.

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