MADISON, Wis. (4/27/09)--Bill Jolicoeur, who spent more than half his life as a CUNA Mutual Group employee, is retiring May 1 from the business that took him around the world. For 34 years, Jolicoeur was an advocate for the credit union movement with a career that ranged from a sales representative in Easton, Mass., to vice president and product executive in Madison, Wis.
“People have asked me why I stayed with one company for 34 years,” Jolicoeur said. “My answer is always the same. When your company helps its customers be better at their core business through product development and related support, that’s a win-win. CUNA Mutual is a customer-focused company with commitment and pride. I can’t think of another organization I’d have wanted to work for.” Jolicoeur, 57, joined CUNA Mutual Sept. 1, 1975, as a sales rep in Massachusetts with more than 300 credit unions in his territory. After relocating to Maine, where he “spent a good amount of time offering Collateral Products (CP) to my credit unions as a lending solution,” Jolicoeur was promoted to manager of the company’s CP program. The promotion, four years after joining the company, included relocation to the CUNA Mutual headquarters in Madison. As Jolicoeur moved up in the company, he made his mark on the credit union movement through his accomplishments at CUNA Mutual. Among the highlights:
* Establishing and leading CUNA Mutual’s Life, Health, Individual Property and Casualty brokerage operation; * Establishing and leading CUNA Mutual’s internal corporate risk management and safety/loss program, where he played a prominent role in the permanent affiliation of the Century Companies of America and CUNA Mutual Insurance Society (CUMIS); * Leading CUNA Mutual’s Bingham Farms, Mich., operation, where he oversaw the sale of CUMIS General and the CUMIS auto program to Liberty Mutual; and * Leading the growth of CUNA Mutual’s MEMBERS Auto and Home program to include more than 3,200 credit unions and nearly 40 million eligible members, where he was directly responsible for today’s strong relationship with Liberty Mutual.
“Bill developed a strong working relationship with our partner Liberty Mutual and helped build and grow a book of business that benefited all parties,” said Randy Kohout, CUNA Mutual’s vice president of organization capability. “His excellent record with the MEMBERS Auto and Home products made him the natural choice for the larger lending products role, where he again demonstrated his passion and business savvy.” Jolicoeur plans to stay busy after retirement. “There is a huge need in our country for alternative housing options for younger adults with disabilities,” he said. “My second career will focus on raising money for this cause, hopefully creating a foundation in the near future.”