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Ripco Credit Union ($188M, Rhinelander, WI) has announced that Jennifer Grinder will serve as their next president and chief executive officer (CEO). Grinder, currently the Chief Retail Officer of Resource One Credit Union ($748M, Dallas, TX) was placed by DDJ Myers, the well-known leadership development firm that recently became an ALM First Company. Grinder began her credit union career 13 years ago, overseeing a range of functions including business development, marketing, human resources, training, and operations.
“We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Grinder as our new CEO. Jennifer’s credit union and business experience, skills, and leadership will be an asset to Ripco and its members,” says Steve Ferch, Ripco Credit Union’s Board Chair. “We remain committed to serving our members and community, and Jennifer will undoubtedly build on those relationships as she helps set a strategic vision for the future.”
“It is an honor to be named the next President and CEO of Ripco Credit Union.  I am grateful for the confidence the Board of Directors has placed in me to lead the credit union,” says Grinder. “Ripco has a rich history as a trusted financial services provider and community partner. I’m passionate about continuing our pursuit of helping members achieve their dreams, while making a positive impact in our communities.”
Grinder is a lifelong learner, acquiring her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 2015, and 2017 respectively.  In addition to her formal education, she holds multiple certifications, including Certified Financial Counselor, Certified Credit Union Marketing Executive, and Credit Union Development Educator, to name a few. Jennifer enjoys creating experiences with her family and friends.  Travel, hiking, gardening, and volunteering are some of her favorite activities.
Ripco Credit Union’s Board of Directors hired DDJ Myers for its executive search to attract and recruit the best talent to fulfill the cooperative’s strategic objectives. Based on DDJ Myer’s thorough process, the Board is confident that Grinder will lead Ripco effectively and help set a strategic vision for the future.
“Working with DDJ Myers was a pleasure. The team made the process seamless and provided guidance and feedback that was beneficial as a candidate,” says Grinder. “When you have a strong team by your side, the process evolves from daunting to invigorating.”
About Ripco Credit Union
As one of the first credit unions in Wisconsin, Ripco has earned a reputation for providing the services the community needs. We listen to — and care about — our members. Because of that, we continue to grow, offering better rates, superior service and technological advances. We now serve 12,721 members and have more than $188 million in assets. We’re a credit union for people who are going places. Learn more at
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