On Jan. 30, 2000, a man who knew little about credit unions except what he read about the movement from the inserts that came in his Navy Federal Credit Union statements took over as president/CEO of NAFCU. Since then, Fred Becker has found himself knee deep in a range of challenges facing the credit union movement, including the effects of the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression. He’s also faced management challenges at the association. Credit Union Times recently talked to Becker at NAFCU’s Arlington, Va., headquarters about his tenure.

Credit Union Times: What have been the high points of tenure?

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