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State Employees’ Credit Union CEO Jim Blaine to speak Oct. 9 at Appalachian

BOONE—Jim Blaine, president and chief executive officer of the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU), will be the speaker at this year’s fall Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished CEO Lecture at Appalachian State University.

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The event, sponsored by the Walker College of Business, will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center on Appalachian’s campus. A reception will follow at 3:15 p.m.

The lecture series is named for the late Harlan E. Boyles, who served for 24 years as N.C. state treasurer. The lecture and reception are open to the public. For more information, call 828-262-2057.

Blaine has served as CEO of the State Employees’ Credit Union since 1979. SECU is the second largest credit union in the U.S., with $28 billion in assets and 1.8 million members through 250 branches. It has six call centers and a 1,200 unit proprietary ATM network, called CashPoints, with locations in all North Carolina counties. Membership in the credit union is limited to North Carolina state employees, public school employees and their families.

SECU, which is headquartered in Raleigh, is a not-for-profit cooperative association that employs 4,200 individuals.

Blaine is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Duke University.

He has served on various advisory boards, including CUNA Roundtable Advisory Committee, the Thrift Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., the National Credit Union Advisory Board of Fannie Mae, the Credit Union Council Board of the National Association of Credit Union Supervisors in Washington, D.C., the Board of First Carolina Corporate Credit Union in Greensboro, the Latino Community Credit Union in Durham and the Board of the National Cooperative Business Association, among others.