Chris Wardrip
Chris Wardrip

Chris Wardrip
Professional Achievement Award Winner 2013

Chris is CEO of Financial Health FCU in Indianapolis, formerly known as Methodist Federal Credit Union. Chris came to the credit union at a time when it needed the kind of leadership that would take it in a new direction and help it compete in a changing environment. With Chris’ leadership, the credit union has reached out to lower-income individuals, particularly those who made use of "fringe" financial institutions like pawn shops and check-cashing stores. Among other efforts to serve this group, two lending products were developed: Small Credit Builder Personal Loans, which have helped members improve their credit scores, and the Over Retail Auto Loan Financing program, which has allowed members to be in the best position possible with their vehicle financing and trade-in. Financial Health FCU makes 61.5% of its loans to members with a credit score below 590—under Chris’ leadership, the credit union truly serves the underserved in its lending practices.
Financial Health FCU has a Low Income Credit Union Designation, is a Community Development Credit Union and has a CDFI designation. Because of this, Chris has become very active in many community development efforts including establishing an Individual Development Account (IDA) program, participating in Bank on Indy, Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness and other programs that target members who need some extra attention when it comes to their finances. Under Chris’ leadership the staff has participated in programs to become sensitized toward the problems and opportunities of serving their membership and to understand their needs better. In addition to his work at the credit union, Chris is a member of the East 10th Street Civic Association, the East 10th Street Merchants Association, and he serves on the Indy Rezone Taskforce. Additionally, he is a member of the League’s Examination Advisory Group.

Award Criteria

The Indiana Credit Union League's Professional Achievement Award was created in 1990 to recognize paid credit union managers who have selflessly given of themselves to promote the credit union ideal and better the credit union movement in Indiana. 

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 leadership of any chapter or credit union in Indiana may submit names by completing and returning the nomination form.

RECOGNITION: The winner will be announced at the annual convention. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the lobby area of the League’s office that lists winners of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: The nominee must be a paid, full-time manager/CEO of a League-affiliated credit union. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: Candidates for the Professional 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 leadership and management ability.
  • be able to coordinate and work with volunteers and paid staff.
  • have a record of success in maintaining or improving the financial fitness of his/her own credit union.
  • exhibit an unselfish devotion to his/her duties as a credit union professional.
  • be dedicated to and believe in the importance and value of continuing education and training.
  • have success in the development and expansion of services to members of his/her own credit union.

Past Winners

2013 ​Chris Wardrip
2012 Karla Salisbury
2011 Loren Roth
2010 Michael Burch
2009 Lisa Schlehuber
2008 Dallas Bergl
2007 Bruce Ingraham
2006 Ron Budzinski
2005 Ron Collier
2004 Ann Garmon
2003 Dick Kibbey
2002 Jack Sheets
2001 ​Art Schai
2000 Carol Stanley
1999 Sandra Heller
1998 Barbara A. Berghoff
1997  James Mills
1996 George Dixon
1995 Joseph J. Baldin
1994 Mike Hussey
1993 Loretta Burd
1992 Eugene G. Hills
1991 Alex J. Knaver
1990 Juanita (Jinks) Happel

Related Documents

2012_Nomination_Form.pdf2014 Nomination Form