Monday was the first day on the job for the new president and CEO of Core Credit Union in Statesboro.
Robert "Bob" Clampett was selected by the board after an exhaustive search that took almost a year to complete. He replaces Bobby Michael, who accepted a similar position last June with Army Aviation Federal Credit Union in Alabama.
Clampett brings a tremendous amount of experience with him to the position. He served for the past 17 years in the credit union industry with Xceed Financial Credit Union, a 60,000 member credit union, based in El Segundo, Calif. The last five years of his tenure there was as vice president, retail sales for Xceed. In that position, he oversaw the nationwide branch network.
Clampett was responsible for growing the member deposit base by 17 percent in 2014 alone. Before taking on his role as vice president at Xceed, Clampett served as assistant vice president, Western Region Sales and district manager. Prior to his time at Xceed, Bob served as regional marketing director at Search Capital Group in Jackson, Miss., and as regional finance manager for Shelter Insurance Company.
Clampett has a Bachelor's Degree from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri and has been involved with the Cornerstone Credit Union League, CUNA Operations council and the Credit Union Executive Society.
Bob and his wife Kathy, a high school economics and U.S. Government teacher, have purchased a home in States-boro and are excited about relocating here.
Dr. Thomas Case, chairman of the CORE Credit Union board, expressed his enthusiasm and confidence in their new president/CEO:
"We couldn't be more excited to have Bob lead CORE Credit Union. We are confident that the credit union will benefit from his service and contribution as CEO."
CORE Credit Union was founded in 1974 on the credit union principle of people helping people. At that time, it was run by one employee out of a room at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School, offering only savings accounts.
Today, CORE has $60 million in assets and more than 8,700 members. CORE serves Bulloch county and more than 50 employee groups in Bulloch, Effingham, Bryan, Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins, Screven and Candler counties.
I asked Clampett what he found attractive about CORE that made him decide to make the move to Statesboro
"The foundation of CORE is very strong," he said. "It is financially solid, poised for tremendous growth, has a great reputation with the community, a strong staff and incredible members. I was equally impressed with the infrastructure, including the main office and branch network. The products and services offered by CORE are incredible for a firm its size. Especially to include online banking, mobile banking and a broad ATM network."
Clampett believes the market is underserved from a credit union perspective and wants to focus on balanced, quality growth.
"I am a strong believer in quality over quantity when it comes to growth," he said. "We will be focused on product packaging, marketing and creating all in one financial solutions for all of our members. We have a great story to tell and we are going to work hard to get our message out. If we do all of this and back it up with incredible member service at every step of the process, we will continue to see great things for our community and for CORE."
Clampett said he is an avid golfer and a collector of rare coins in his spare time.
With a last name like Clampett, I had to ask if there was any connection to Jed Clampett of fictional Beverly Hillbillies fame. Even though it is spelled exactly the same, he believes he can't make a connection other than having a memorable last name. Clampett and his wife are excited to be in Statesboro, both personally and professionally, and look forward to getting involved in the community at every level.
He will be officially introduced to the community and the members at CORE's annual meeting on Thursday at the Averitt Center for the Arts in downtown. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting that begins at 6:30.
Please email DeWayne at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.
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