TRICORP’S ANNUAL MEETING DRAWS BIG CROWD, HIGHLIGHTS STRONG YEAR
Highlighted by its strongest year “in more than a decade,” and a packed crowd, the 2019 Annual Meeting for Tricorp FCU was nothing but positive. The meeting, held on Friday, June 7, at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, reinforced the strength and support that the Tricorp enjoys among its members. “Our resilience has paid off with our best year since 2007. We did this because of the support of our members, and our commitment to providing products and services that allow our members to serve their members. As a result, we are well-positioned for the future,” remarked Steve Roy, President/CEO.
Roy noted that the corporate credit union’s utilization of partnerships has also played a “significant role in our growth and success. We are diligent about finding partners that provide solutions to make leveraging our services and operations easier for our members. As important as ease of use is providing a high level of security. We are proud that we have been able to deliver on both to our members, and will continue to explore ways in which we can improve your daily interactions with Tricorp.”
Ryan Poulin, Chairman of the Tricorp Board of Directors, also addressed attendees and echoed much of Roy’s remarks, adding, “I have witnessed first hand the dedication of the staff and my fellow directors in serving our members. The dedicated team at Tricorp never lose sight of providing quality financial products and services along with strong member service. This philosophy is and remains the cornerstone of what Tricorp is all about.”
Both Roy and Poulin credit the “trust of members as playing a key role in helping us grow, and recover from the challenges that our industry faced in 2008 and 2009. Your belief in the importance of having your own corporate is deeply appreciated, and is why, in large part, we are stronger than ever.”
FOR TRAVIS MILLS, “ATTITUDE, PERSPECTIVE” ARE LIFE LESSONS
On his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, Travis Mills’ life changed in an instant. On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Mills was critically injured by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol. “It was supposed to be a routine check of the area, something we had done many times before,” Mills stated as he described the accident in detail as the keynote speaker at Tricorp’s Annual Meeting. One of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mills story was both powerful and uplifting.
While audience members listened to his every word, Mills spoke of “believing I was going to die, and thinking I was never going to see my wife and young daughter again.” An emotional Mills talked of learning of his injuries for the first time, and discovering that he had lost portions of both legs and arms, and faced an uncertain future. “Why didn’t I just die,” he wondered, adding, “How is this better?”
However, Mills said that “the support of my wife and family wouldn’t let me feel sorry for myself. They helped me realize that I was not alone, and I endured a 14-hour surgery and received more than 400 units of blood for a reason. I did not die, and they helped me to look forward rather than dwell on the past.”
In his remarks which mesmerized the audience, Mills spoke at length about “my long road back. I made the decision to set goals for myself in my recovery, and my motivation was holding my children and being there for my family. That’s a pretty powerful motivator. Over time, I realized that I was fortunate to be alive, when so many others did not have a second chance. I owe it to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to not give up.”
Mills said his experience and the lessons learned can be applied to many other situations. “I am here to tell you that attitude matters. You can’t always control the situation, but you can control the attitude. We all have a choice in how we deal with a challenge – we can either face it or give up. That’s how my motto came to be – I choose to never give up and never quit.”
“If I hadn’t been injured, I would not have the opportunities I have today. From speaking to writing a best-selling book to the work that really matters – helping wounded veterans through my foundation, my life is pretty awesome,” Mills explained.
For more information about the Travis Mills Foundation and ways to support it, please visit www.travismills.org.
LONG-TIME TRICORP EMPLOYEE HONORED
After twenty years as Tricorp’s Business Development Representative and Compliance Officer, Deb Vogt, has retired. In recognition of her service and commitment to Tricorp for two decades, Vogt was recognized and honored at the Annual Meeting. As he presented Deb with flowers, Steve Roy, President of Tricorp, thanked her “for being a dedicated employee who worked tirelessly on behalf of Tricorp and our members. We really appreciate all that you have done, and wish you well in retirement.” Rose Murphy was hired earlier this year to replace Vogt.
BERGERON, HUGHES RE-ELECTED TO TRICORP BOARD
Nominating Committee Chair, Matt Kaubris, presented the Nominating Report at the Annual Meeting, and conducted elections for the two open board seats. Kaubris reported that both Joe Bergeron, and Brian Hughes, who both currently serve on the Board, were both nominated to continue to serve. Because no additional nominations were received, and none were put forth from the floor, Kaubris directed that votes be cast for both Bergeron and Hughes to new, three-year terms on the Board. Congratulations to both on their re-election.