Opinion: CEO says SeaComm is committed to its roots after 55 years
To the Editor:SeaComm will turn 55 on June 6, 2018. This milestone has been a concrete way for us to look back and appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that has been accomplished since those early days.
It all started with a tool box (which is iconic for us today and can be seen in the lobbies of all our branches), $50 and a shared vision of then ten Chevrolet Foundry workers, who each wanted to improve the financial lives of not only themselves, but also their coworkers. That vision is no less important today than it was back on June 6, 1963.
The ten men who signed our charter of incorporation were James G. Capell, Paul R. Catlin, James R. Ellis, Harold H. Guile, Earl M. Jackson, Carl L. MacDonald, Darrell Mills, Max M. Ryan, Frank E. Sequin and John Zakarauskas. Earl Jackson, the remaining charter member, is still an active member of the Credit Union today. He reminds me when we speak about that those early days, how SeaComm has become so very much more than they had ever dreamed. Even though the name has changed a number of times since the signing of the charter, that is a great testament to all those who have built upon the very foundation which he and those other men believed in.
As Arthur Ashe, Jr., once said, “Success is journey and not a destination.” Today, SeaComm celebrates more than five decades of shared success. That journey is continual, as we work each and every day to improve the financial lives of our 45,000+ members and the communities in which we do business.
In 2017, we opened a retail branch in Plattsburgh, NY, and I had remarked at the grand opening event it was only the second time a SeaComm branch was being opened without a presence of a GM plant in operation. Even though, we no longer have that physical reminder, it is no less important.
Today, we are embarking on a new chapter in the Credit Union’s history by our expansion into the counties of Grand Isle, Franklin and Chittenden in Vermont. This too is no less important as we continue to evolve and build upon the vision those employees at GM dreamed about and which came to fruition.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, management and our entire staff, we look forward to carrying on this rich history and continuing the journey that was started by those ten men five and half decades ago.
Scott A. Wilson
President & CEO, SeaComm