Brenda Thomas, who made her mark in historical past as the primary African-American employed at East Texas Skilled Credit score Union’s Marshall department, has retired after 30 years of service.
She was the third African-American to work for the general Credit score Union system and the primary African-American girl. The board, administration and workers lately celebrated her management and repair to the group with a retirement celebration, held on the Marshall workplace.
“Brenda goes to be sorely missed,” stated ETPCU President and CEO Byron Norton.
“She is a type of staff that actually takes to coronary heart the Credit score Union philosophy, which is to know your members,” stated Norton. “We all know our members as people.”
Norton stated Thomas is extremely revered by each clients and members of the neighborhood.
“She has achieved a fantastic job of (endearing) herself to the Marshall neighborhood. She is cherished and revered by many,” he stated.
“There are such a lot of those that are available they usually’ll anticipate an hour to see Brenda, even when anyone else is out there,” Norton continued. “That’s a testomony.”
“She’s a fantastic mortgage officer and been dedicated to us on the Credit score Union, however we perceive all people has to retire in the end,” he added. “We’re going to overlook her very a lot.”
Native department supervisor Natalie Bunger echoed Norton’s sentiments.
“I really managed Brenda for two-and-a-half years now, and she or he has taught me a number of data,” stated Bunger. “She’s given me a good quantity of what she’s discovered through the years and various things which have modified on the Credit score Union.”
Bunger spoke extremely of Thomas’ dedication and described the mortgage officer as irreplaceable.
“Her dedication can’t be duplicated or changed,” stated Bunger. “She is unquestionably a fantastic worker. If she ever decides to return again, we undoubtedly have a house right here for her as a result of I’m going to overlook her, for positive.”
Thomas stated she was given the chance, on Sept. 17, 1990, to start a brand new profession within the monetary world with what was then East Texas Lecturers Credit score Union.
“Not too long ago, a couple of members jogged my memory that I used to be the primary African-American to work within the Marshall workplace,” she shared. “I obtain that as an honor and groundbreaking for the Marshall neighborhood.”
Thomas stated she considers it an honor to have paved the way in which for others. Not solely is she the primary African-American on the Marshall department, however she’s additionally the primary worker to have labored on the identical department the whole period and formally retire.
“Working for ETPCU has contributed tremendously to my private growth,” stated Thomas.
Thomas first began her journey on the Credit score Union as a teller. She then superior to teller supervisor. Thomas was additionally put in cost over new accounts and was later promoted as monetary service consultant/mortgage officer.
Throughout her tenure at ETPCU, she has represented the monetary establishment in the neighborhood by serving on native college site-based boards, together with Communities In Colleges and Marshall Excessive Faculty Profession and Expertise board. Moreover, she has performed talking engagements at Marshall Excessive Faculty and at Wiley School, educating younger adults about finance.
“I’ve many reminiscences and friendships of each coworkers and members that I’ll cherish for the remainder of my life,” stated Thomas. “I’m actually blessed to have labored for East Texas Skilled Credit score for 30 years and 4 days.”
Thomas shared that she and her husband of practically 41 years, Charles Thomas, have raised two great daughters. She stated within the final 30 years, she’s spent simply as a lot time along with her ETPCU household as her family.
“With that being stated, I can actually say passionately I loved my job and my work household,” stated Thomas.
And though she has retired, Thomas stated her dedication to the monetary establishment will proceed.
“I used to be a member earlier than I used to be an worker and I’ll proceed to be a member of ETPCU,” Thomas shared.
Fellow mortgage officer Alexis Turner stated Thomas has been greater than a colleague. She views Thomas as her mentor.
“She’s very candy. She’s very loving. She’s was all the time very useful once I first began working right here,” stated Turner. “She would simply assist me with life points by speaking to me, encouraging me …simply something that she might do to assist me out and get me inspired and lifted in Christ and on the Credit score Union.
“She’s like a mother to all of us, as a result of after we wanted assist she didn’t thoughts serving to,” Turner added. “She by no means informed you no. I’m going to overlook her.”