Meet Amber, Vice President of Compliance at ALLIANCE Credit Union.
Amber began working at ALLIANCE in November of 2014 as the Training/Operations Director and is now the VP of Compliance.
Amber is passionate about the Credit Union movement because of her past experience with other financial institutions. Before coming to ALLIANCE, Amber's work history included working for banks. She didn't really understand the difference between Credit Unions and banks. Once she came to ALLIANCE, she realized that Credit Unions don't emphasize making a profit, rather, they prioritize benefiting their members and the community, and she greatly values this priority. “It’s not about making the biggest profit we can possibly make; it’s about benefiting our members. I think that is really inspiring and that gets me excited about ALLIANCE. I couldn't say that about other jobs I've had in the past.”
For Amber, a typical day outside of work is one usually filled with lots of baseball. Her oldest plays travel ball. So, between baseball practices and games, if she has down time, she likes to spend it with her family.
When asked about who Amber admires most, she said her maternal grandfather. “He has passed away, but growing up he was the most loving, generous, and thoughtful person. He would literally give you the shirt on his back if he had to.” Amber explained how he was always there for his family and friends. She named her youngest after him because she admires him so much.
What motivates Amber to go to work every day is her love for what she does and the people that she works with. She said there are not a lot of people in this world who like compliance, but she actually enjoys it a lot. When it comes to the people she works with she said, “They work really hard and want to serve our members really well and I think that is a big motivator for me.”
Amber has experienced a lot of growth at ALLIANCE. Coming from a larger bank, you focus on one or two particular areas at work. But with ALLIANCE, she was able to expand her knowledge and learn a little bit about everything. “With a bigger institution, you focus on certain things. With a smaller financial institution, you wear many hats.”
Looking into the future, Amber is really excited about the starting of the ALLIANCE Foundation. She was able to lead the creation of the foundation and is really excited about what it's going to bring for the community. She is also excited about seeing how our membership reacts to recent changes we have made. “I want to see if they like the products, if they like what we’ve done. We seem to offer new products all the time, and I am excited to see what we come up with next.”