Rick Wieczorek recently admitted he didn’t think much about workplace culture until halfway through his credit union career when he had an epiphany during the Great Recession. At that time he was the CEO of the $416 million MidAtlantic Federal Credit Union in Germantown, Md., where he realized how much a positive workplace culture impacts resiliency and success.

Rick Wieczorek

“After you go through something like that with your team, you realize how much you need them, and how you need to show and prove to them how much you appreciate them – and make them realize that success is not possible without them,” Wieczorek, who now serves as president/CEO of National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union, said. “It prepares you for the challenges, and I felt like going into this – the pandemic – that I could draw on some of the things I had learned through that experience.”

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