At age 26 University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumnus Shawn Wilson is the youngest manager and CEO of Greater Kinston Credit Union. In his job, Wilson oversees the financial direction of the organization; manages the branch’s day-to-day activities and staff; develops and evolves loan portfolios within the credit union; and rebrands the organization within the community.
“My degree from the University of Mount Olive (formerly University of Mount Olive) has greatly equipped me with the education and basic knowledge I need for my position,” Wilson said. “Classes such as accounting, organizational behavior, organization development, corporate finance, and many others resound heavily everyday in my job.”
Wilson is a 2010 graduate of UMO at New Bern, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development. Although his career within financial institutions started in 2006, he credits much of his current success to the knowledge and degree he gained at UMO. “UMO has definitely had a role with the 'transformation' of my career. My degree has served as an exponential springboard into the corporate and operational side of the credit union industry. I am very thankful for that.”
Wilson literally worked his way up the corporate ladder. His career in the banking industry started when he accepted a part-time teller position with First Citizens Bank at the age of 18. In 2008, he began working full time with First Flight Credit Union where he was immersed in all aspects of deposit account servicing. In 2010, he accepted a job with State Employees' Credit Union (SECU). “SECU was a very big door opened to me,” Wilson said. “I learned, not only member servicing, but also loan and mortgage servicing.” In January of this year, the administration and executive team at SECU placed Wilson in the role of interim manager and CEO of Greater Kinston Credit Union. By unanimous vote, the role became permanent in June.
About the promotion, Wilson said, “I feel very proud and humbled at the same time. I am immensely blessed and highly favored to be in such a position.”
Wilson believes that a successful career comes not only from hard work, but also in surrounding yourself with good people. “I believe people should work hard towards their goals and dreams. I enjoy what I do every day. I make life a classroom--where I am learning something new all the time. I truly enjoy the people I work with. I am a people person, and I see a little good in everyone.”
As for the future, Wilson plans to continue to work hard. “My desire is to let my work ethic, values, and beliefs make me very successful.” Although the future is hard to predict, in ten years Wilson would like to be “continuing what I love...helping everyday people.”
A Kinston native, Wilson and his wife, Chrishana, live in Lenoir County.
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