Steve Collins, President and CEO of Fort Financial Credit Union, recently helped lead a coalition of Indiana credit union representatives to the island of Dominica. The trip was in conjunction with the World Council of Credit Unions and the Indiana Credit Union League. While there, they met with the country’s president, His Excellency Charles Savarin, to discuss the credit union industry and Dominica’s recovery efforts since last year’s Hurricane Maria.
Representatives of all the island’s credit unions were present, in addition to representatives of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions and the Dominica Credit Union League. The coalition lead sessions on strategic planning, lending and agricultural lending.
Of the trip, Collins said, “No matter how large or small your country or institution may be, we all face the same challenges of managing people, keeping pace with technology and regulations, and remaining relevant for our membership. Dominica is facing this, while still trying to rebuild from Hurricane Maria. Overall it was an excellent experience. We had a super group of colleagues, met a great group of credit union leaders and planted many seeds of friendships and visions for a bright future.”
Steve Collins (fourth from the left) is pictured with members of the coalition and Dominica President Charles Savarin (middle).