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CEO Keith Cowling Retires

After 22 years as CEO of Credit Union of Denver, and 37 years with the credit union, Keith Cowling is retiring November 1, 2022.

Keith started at the credit union in July 1985 as the Marketing Director. AtKeith Cowling that time, it was known as Denver Interior Employees Credit Union. In the late 1980s, while attending night classes at the University of Colorado Denver to earn his MBA in Finance, he was given the opportunity to oversee the accounting area; later becoming the Chief Financial Officer in 1992.

In April of 2000 Keith was named CEO by the Board of Directors, following the retirement of then CEO, Wayne Harubin. Since becoming CEO in 2000, the credit union has grown from less than $220 million in assets to over $1.1 billion and now serves more than 67,000 members. Keith credits the hard-working, dedicated employees we’ve had over the years and our loyal members for the credit union’s healthy growth. He also expressed his gratitude to the Board of Directors for their ongoing vison, leadership, and support.

The Board of Directors has selected Chris Wallace, the credit union’s Chief Strategy Officer, as Credit Union of Denver’s next CEO. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this credit union, our employees, and our members as your CEO,” said Keith Cowling. He added, “I have been blessed to work with such wonderful people during my career and I look forward to seeing the credit union continue providing our members with great service and value under Chris’ lead.”

In honor of Keith’s retirement, we will be hosting a retirement celebration at our Lakewood location on Friday October 28th, 2022, from 12pm to 2pm.

Stop by for some cake and refreshments, and introduce yourself to Keith, as he will be there during the celebration. Make sure to sign the commemorative banner anytime between October 20th and 31st in the Lakewood branch lobby.

For more about Keith and his retirement, take a look at his interview!


From outgoing to incoming, view the “passing of the blazer”.

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