John Dierdorf
Leadership Achievement Award Winner 2013

   John Dierdorf

John is board chairman at FORUM CU in Fishers. He first became involved with the credit union through his profession as an architect when his firm, Browning Day Mullins & Dierdorf, designed the first headquarters for the credit union, which was then known as Indiana Telco. He joined the board in 1989 and has been chairman since 1994. John and his firm have continued to facilitate the expansion of FORUM CU’s branch infrastructure as well as designing their current world-class headquarters facility.

During John’s tenure on the credit union board he has played an important part in FORUM CU’s growth and success. Assets have grown from $63 million to $950 million, and membership has increased from 27,000 to nearly 112,000 members today. FORUM CU also has an additional $500 million mortgage servicing portfolio and $100 million in FORUM Private Client Group off balance sheet assets. John’s vision and expertise in strategic planning have also resulted in the credit union achieving a number of other milestones such as being the first credit union in Indiana to offer mortgage services to its members; being the first in the state to offer auto financing at the dealership; being the second in the country to offer Internet banking; and creating a CUSO, FORUM Solutions, which offered software solutions to other credit unions. FORUM Solutions sold both a consumer loan origination and Internet banking solution to credit unions across the country. His education on credit union issues continues with at least one credit union conference each year. Professionally, he completes 14 continuing education units annually.
John is also active in a number of other civic and community organizations including the American Institute of Architects, the Indiana Society of Architects, the Indiana Sports Corporation, Fishers Chamber of Commerce, the Nickel Plate Arts Council, the United States Golf Association, and he is an advisor for the College of Architecture at Ball State University.

Award Criteria

The Leadership Achievement Award (previously named the Volunteer Achievement Award) was created in 1990 to recognize credit union volunteers who have selflessly given of themselves to promote the credit union ideal and better Indiana's credit union movement.

METHOD: The Awards Committee may select one person per year based upon the criteria relating to credit union, chapter, League, national, volunteer and community activities. The Awards Committee or the leadership of any chapter or credit union in Indiana may submit names by completing the League nomination form and returning it by the deadline.

RECOGNITION: The winner will be announced at the League’s annual convention. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the Credit Union Hall of Fame that lists all winners of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone currently serving or who has served within the past year on the board or committee of a League-affiliated credit union is eligible. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: Candidates for the Leadership Achievement Award must:

  • be in good standing in the community.

  • understand and personify the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People."

  • promote the credit union ideal, and actively demonstrate loyalty to the entire organized credit union movement.

  • exhibit an unselfish devotion to his/her duties as a credit union official.

  • be dedicated to and believe in the importance and value of continuing education and training.

  • have success in maintaining or improving the financial fitness of his/her own credit union.

  • exhibit dedication to and a belief in the credit union system as evidenced by involvement at the chapter and League levels and participation in other activities to further the organized movement.

Past Winners

​2013 ​John Dierdorf
2012 Steve Kozel, Sr.
2011 Jerry Walters
2010 John Lightle
2009 Vicki Garrett
2007 James Barney
2006 Robert Sturm
Gene Wessel
2005 Robert Weaver
2004 Stephen Lovejoy
2003 Ed Meyer
2002 Ralph Marvel
2001 Luther Ferrell
2000 ​Robert Tillema
1999 Mark Trgovich
1998 John D. Wilson
1997 Logan K. Smith
1996 Jerry Spindler
1995 Robert Matthews
1994 Arnold Bass
1993 Robert (Smokey) Stowers
1992 Clarence Huhnke
1991 Richard H. Dunnuck
Bruno J. Setlak
1990 Frank W. Meyer

Known as the Volunteer Achievement Award prior to 2009

Related Documents

2014 Nomination Form