Jackie Buchanan

President and CEO of Genisys Credit Union in Auburn Hills. Genisys is one of the largest credit unions in Michigan with 140,000 members, 340 employees, and 24 full-service branches. Last year, Genisys sponsored or in some way supported more than 275 community events, and the Genisys team and their families volunteered more than 3,500 hours of their time. Genisys was named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League and business of the year by the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce. It also has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for four consecutive years. Buchanan has led her company to offer leading-edge mobile and online applications. The credit union's mobile banking app was named one of the "Best Credit Union Mobile Banking Apps" by the financial website NerdWallet. Buchanan serves on the McLaren Oakland Foundation board of directors and the Baker College of Auburn Hills board of regents. She volunteers her time to the many events and causes supported by Genisys Credit Union, including AIDS walks, Walk for Warmth, Habitat for Humanity, and free tax preparation through the Accounting Aid Society, as well as animal causes she personally supports. Buchanan received the Pontiac Area Achievers Award from the Boy Scouts of America's Great Lakes Council for her community service. Previously, she spent much of her career at T&C Federal Credit Union, most recently as chief information officer. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan. Buchanan received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Walsh College and her master's degree in information systems from Lawrence Technological University.

WHERE BORN: “Ferndale.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My former CEO allowed me to move around the credit union in order to learn as much as I could about the business and gave me great advice about leadership. Also my dad, who always said 'save some for the next guy,' which among other things I took to mean that business ventures and partnerships must always be a win/win or in the end they just won't work out.”

LAST BOOK READ: “I just finished Lincoln on Leadership by Donald Phillips.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Driven, direct, passionate about what I do, realistic, and I don't ask people to do something I wouldn't do myself.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “The credit union industry's future is very bright. The financial industry as a whole had a few rough years, but as the economy gets better and people begin to learn more about credit unions, we see our future in a very positive light. Credit unions have added record numbers of new members, and overall lending has increased nicely over the last two years. People appreciate doing business with organizations that give back to their communities and to the consumer. We help people reach their financial goals. It's a better deal and people are starting to figure that out.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “This would still have to be my iPad and iPhone. There isn't much I can't do with them, and it helps me stay connected.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “My home where I enjoy the lake, the sunshine, and relaxing when I'm not at work.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I like to fish in Florida, read, and do anything technology-related.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “It has always been pizza.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Most people are surprised that I fish.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a generous person who helped others succeed in life and who helped them when they needed it. I do my best to try to make people's lives easier in any way I can.”