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TIGARD, Ore. – On the side of Bull Mountain, overlooking the scenic Tualatin Valley, Wendy Edwards has found her dream home while husband, John, has learned useful skills – such as how to clean a dog after its close encounter with a skunk. Their four-acre homestead is just 15 minutes from downtown Portland but far away from the hustle and bustle of the busy jobs held down by these two credit union industry veterans: John is president of data processor XP Systems while Wendy is vice president of human resources at PACE Credit Union. She also works in business development at PACE CU, and was in charge of that area at First Tech CU when that big Portland credit union was successfully adding many of its larger SEGs, her husband says. “Wendy became a teller right out of high school and has been with credit unions all her life. She also grew up around horses in northeast Washington and has always dreamed of a home where she could watch her horses out her kitchen window, and now she can,” says John, himself a product of coastal British Columbia. In addition to their two quarter horses, she can also watch their two dogs (down from five), their cat and a donkey named Melvin. “I know it sounds kind of funny, but I actually enjoy going down to the barn in the early morning hours, feeding the horses and cleaning out stalls,” John says. His time for such pursuits has been limited since the XP Systems veteran took the helm as president of the Fiserv unit last July. In addition to the added responsibilities, there’s the little matter of his office being several hundred miles away in Southern California. “I also like to visit with our clients when I can, as well as attend user meetings and the GAC and gatherings like that, so I don’t get to spend that much time at home, but it’s very soothing and very relaxing when I can,” he says. The Edwardses met at a credit union league meeting 25 years ago. They have a 21-year-old daughter, Jamie, who also is working and going to school in Southern California. [email protected]

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