After 55 years, John Rawls announced his plans for retirement from the Florida Credit Union board of directors this spring.
Rawls was elected to the board, then known as the Alachua County Teachers Credit Union, in 1957 and has served since his installation. Over the past 55 years, Rawls has served on the board as president, vice president, secretary, chair, and treasurer. During a nine-month period, he served as the interim CEO of the credit union until a new CEO could be found.
Throughout his tenure with the board, Rawls helped the credit union grow from assets of $100,000 to nearly $500 million. He has seen the credit union through two name changes, growth to eight branches with a separate administrative office, and field of membership expansion to 13 counties.
Based in Gainesville, Fla., the credit union has $446 million in assets.