Employer: Iowa State University Foundation
Occupation: Assistant Vice President of Investments
Michael Wahlin - Ames
Why I would like to be a director of Greater Iowa Credit Union:
“During my public accounting career, I had the opportunity to serve on the annual audits of servals nonprofit clients. I experienced first-hand the benefits such organizations provided to their respective causes and constituents. I also saw the pride and dedication of many of the individuals who worked for those organizations. This influenced my desire to seek a similar path in my career (although it took some time to get there) and ultimately my decision to join the ISU Foundation. I believe it is important to give back to our communities and society by sharing our time, talent and resources, as we are able. I feel the opportunity and privilege to serve on the board of GICU would allow me to continue to follow through on that belief.”
What do you feel would be your greatest contribution to Greater Iowa Credit Union?
“I feel my financial background and experience would be an asset to the board, along with my nonprofit experience in general. I also believe my understanding of the role of a board member is beneficial – from serving on a board to working with a board.
Part of my responsibilities at the ISU Foundation has included the oversight and management of three standing committees that report to the organization’s board of directors – audit, finance and investment. With my recent change in position, I now only have responsibility for the investment committee. These committees are made up of volunteers who are donors and alumni of the university. Specific related responsibilities included planning the agendas for the periodic meetings, preparation of the meeting materials and presenting information as required, working closely with the committee chairs, training and orienting new committee members, preparing committee materials for presentation to the board, and working with third-party partners (auditors, investment consultant, insurance agent).
Other possible pertinent areas of experience include establishing financial policies and procedures, creating and monitoring the annual budget, assisting with strategic planning, developing enterprise risk management practices and serving on a crisis management team.”