As Chief Risk Officer, John Collins is responsible for the Risk Management area that measures, reports and monitors risk associated with interest rates, credit, and operations. He also assists the CEO in the general management and administration of the corporate by providing support and counsel in strategic and industry issues. This includes corporate governance coordination, corporate charter, the coordination of corporate general counsel activities, policy and bylaw administration and compliance, and management of the corporates’ goals and objectives.
He began his credit union career over 30 years ago and joined the corporate in 2001. Prior to that, Collins worked as CFO for Great Lakes Credit Union in North Chicago, IL for ten years. His background also includes holding several positions at First Community Credit Union in Houston, Texas, where he started his career as a teller, climbing to the position of vice president.
Collins served formerly as chair of Mid-States Corporates’ Credit Committee and Asset/Liability Committee (ALCO), and has the unique distinction of having been both a corporate member and a volunteer official before becoming an employee. He served as treasurer of Illinois CUES and has held all other offices, including president. Collins also served as the treasurer of the Fox Valley Montessori School Board of Trustees and formerly as the lead independent Director of CTI Industries (CTIB), a NASDAQ traded firm.
Collins holds his Bachelor’s in Economics, History, and English from Ripon College in Ripon, WI and holds his M.B.A. in Finance and Management from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He has also attended post graduate education at the Kellogg School of Management, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and Stanford Graduate School of Business.