|John Williams of Allegacy FCU is retiring in April after 34 years at the credit union. Active in the credit union political process for several years, Williams made his last trip to the GAC this week.
For some, retirement represents a downshifting and slowing down after a long and successful career. But for longtime credit union advocate John Williams, retirement offers a chance to realize long-held dreams and passions, while continuing to give back to the credit union movement he loves.
Williams, a credit union advocate for 34 years, is attending his last CUNA GAC. The Allegacy Federal Credit Union VP of Community Relations and Governmental Affairs plans to retire at the end of April.
“I’m getting my last whack at legislators,” Williams joked about his final trip to Washington, DC as a credit union advocate. All kidding aside, a variety of issues are on the table for the trip to the Hill on Wednesday, and Williams is especially concerned with one. “I’m keeping my mind focused on raising the MBL cap,” he said of the effort in Congress to raise the lending cap from 12.25% to 27.5% of assets.
“John has been a key advocate on the MBL issue, and we’ll miss his voice in our advocacy efforts in North Carolina,” said NCCUL President/CEO John Radebaugh. “We wish him all the best in retirement.”
Williams came to Allegacy in 1978 as a Loan Officer. He later served as a Branch Manager before being named VP of Human Resources. More recently, Williams has served as Allegacy’s point person for Community Relations and Governmental Affairs.
With so many fundamental changes taking place in technology and financial services, many wonder how credit unions should navigate the changes the future may hold. “As long as credit unions say focused on their members, I think they will be just fine,” Williams said.
As Williams closes the book on a long and successful career at Allegacy, as well as a legacy of successful credit union advocacy efforts in Washington and Raleigh, he plans to stay engaged with a variety of new projects. Williams plans to take an active role as a volunteer with a new non-profit agency soon to launch in Winston-Salem by providing instruction on consumer finance.
Williams, who has been an avid photographer since childhood, also plans to launch a commercial photography business in the months ahead. “I’ll be staying as busy as ever,” Williams said of his future plans.
While Williams has many plans that will keep him active and engaged in the months ahead, that doesn’t mean he won’t be taking a little time to smell the roses. “My wife and I are planning to travel to the South of France for a few weeks after I retire,” Williams said.