|Tom gets a hug from his wife Angela after being named the 2015 Montana Credit Union Professional of the Year.|
Tom Boos, president and CEO of Billings FCU was recently named the 2015 Montana Credit Union Professional of the Year.
Boos has worked at the credit union for more than 30 years and is regarded as a thoughtful person who leads by example.
George Balich is vice president of information technology at the credit union and has worked with Boos for nearly three decades.
“Over the years, we've gotten a little grayer, but managed to stay ahead of the game,” he said. “The one constant I have seen is his never-ending quest for knowledge. He is the ‘Google’ of the credit union world.”
MCUN Board Chair Bernie Neibauer agrees, describing Boos as a brilliant thinker and a bold leader who is never afraid to stick his neck out and ask the tough questions.
But Boos is not just an idea guy -- Balich says Boos is always available to staff and management and maintains a warm, open-door policy despite his busy schedule. “I frequently see him visiting with members; not too many customers can walk into a business and ask to see the owner or president without an appointment.”
Tom has long been an unswerving credit union activist on the local, state, and national levels. He's served on the boards of the Midland Empire Chapter, the Montana Credit Union League, and CUsource. He regularly attends CUNA's GAC, participates in our Hike the Hills, and is our CULAC Trustee. He was in the first Filene i3 class and is a current member of CUNA's State Issues Subcommittee of the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Filene Research Council. In addition to all that, Tom's volunteerism also extends to the Billings community where he's active in the local chamber of commerce and has served as the board chairman for his local March of Dimes
Tracie Kenyon, president and CEO of the Montana Credit Union Network, said the credit union system in Montana is lucky to have a person with Boos’ commitment and caliber.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving or qualified to be named Montana Credit Union Professional of the Year,” she said.