ceo of the year trailblazer awards tom gryp notre dame federal credit unionNot fearing failure and learning from past lessons has paved the path to success for Tom Gryp, the 58-year-old president/CEO of the $471 million Notre Dame Federal Credit Union in Notre Dame, Ind.

“Let’s just say I’ve been fired from a job or two,” Gryp, the winner of CU Times’ 2016 Trailblazer Award for CEO of the Year, laughed. “In today’s world, I think people are too afraid to fail. And then, when they do fail, they rationalize it because they’ve been taught they’re not supposed to fail. But if you fail, you have to look at it for what it is. That can be a cathartic experience and you can come back stronger than ever.”

In September 2010, Gryp came back home to South Bend, Ind., where he was born, raised and graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

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