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MADISON, Wis. – Bob Konop wants it known that his early retirement from CUNA Mutual has nothing to do with the ongoing labor dispute at the company. Konop, 58, is leaving CUNA Mutual, but he’s not moving into retirement just yet. Konop, the former vice president, associate general counsel for CUNA Mutual, is joining national law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as a partner. He will work out of their Chicago office. In his new role he will focus on fidelity insurance law, which was his specialty at CUNA Mutual. Konop is taking advantage of an early retirement program at CUNA Mutual called Magic 85. If an employee is at least 55 years old and their age and tenure at CUNA Mutual add up to at least 85, they can opt for early retirement. “It gives you an opportunity to do something else in life. You know you have a chunk of money sitting there every month,” said Konop, who has been with CUNA Mutual for 28 years. He expects to continue working with CUNA Mutual in a consulting role with the law firm. “The best part has been working with credit unions and having that philosophy of people helping people. CUNA Mutual really, really tries to do the right thing at the end of the day. That’s tough to do in today’s economy where the bottomline is number one for everybody,” said Konop. CUNA Mutual employees celebrated Konop’s career on Jan. 10, his last day, with a variety of farewell activities.

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