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Dear Members:

Back in March of this year, I announced my upcoming planned retirement. And now, with the exciting announcement that Corporate One’s long-time Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Melissa Ashley has taken over as Corporate One’s next president and CEO that time is nearing. The board has made a strong decision in selecting Melissa as your corporate’s next president/CEO. I have personally worked with Melissa for more than 20 years, and I have every confidence she’s the right person to lead Corporate One, moving it forward and continuing to find ways to drive even more value to credit unions. Melissa will continue Corporate One’s tradition of innovation, commitment and excellence to our member/owners. She will ensure that through Corporate One and our CUSOs (Accolade Advisory, Lucro Commercial Solutions, and a new CUSO that will be formally announced soon), we continue to offer you and your credit union the best in reliable, secure and convenient payment options, best of breed investment and funding options, and digital solutions to keep you “delighting” your members with state-of-the art member experiences.

I can’t help but feel nostalgic about the more than 25 years I’ve spent here, both as a board member and as the CEO. I will miss all the people I’ve met through the years, many of whom I had the pleasure to serve, but especially the management, staff, boards and committees at Corporate One – a team of the absolute best people that have worked beside me, helping me be the best CEO I could be. It has been one of the great honors of my life to work with, and for, so many fine men and women who are the heart and soul of the credit union movement. I have been truly blessed and will be forever grateful for the opportunities I have been given and for the people that have crossed my path. Please keep my cell phone number (614-570-2299) handy and reach out to me anytime. I want us to stay in touch, and I look forward to seeing you all again as my next adventure begins.

Lee C. Butke