Employee Spotlight – James Skinner

Posted by Gretchen on March 14, 2013.

James Skinner

Credit Counselor

Job Responsibilities:
I assist SELCO members with general credit and financial issues.

Education & Certifications:
I’m currently working on my associate’s transfer degree at Chemeketa Community College (online), with intent to transfer soon to Oregon State University (online) for my bachelor’s degree. I am a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) through the Credit Union National Association.


Where are you from?
I was born in Medford, Oregon, but raised in Vancouver, Washington—I lived in Corvallis for 6 years prior to moving to Eugene in 2011.

How long have you been with SELCO?
I have worked at SELCO since July of 2011.

Previous work experience:
I worked at Citizens Bank in Corvallis for 6 years as a teller, lead teller, and finally in the back office as a bookkeeping clerk.

What do you like the best about your job position?
I enjoy the working relationships that I develop with the members I serve, and the feeling of accomplishment when I help them through financial struggles.

What is your favorite thing about SELCO?
My favorite thing about SELCO is the people that I work with—employees and members alike—and how that translates to a fun, relaxed, and collaborative work environment.

What do you do in your spare time?
With the weather improving, my partner and I will be very busy outdoors with our dog—hiking, camping, fishing, and whatever else is on our list (probably in Central or Eastern Oregon). Otherwise, you’ll probably find me enjoying city life in Portland, or at home working on improvement projects or doing homework.

What’s the best part about living in Oregon?
To me, the best part about Oregon is the unique landscape. There aren’t very many places in world where you can experience desert, mountains, and the ocean all within 5 hours or less of each other.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I was fresh out of high school when I applied to a credit union in Corvallis (my only banking experience at the time was with a credit union—and I really wanted to work at one). They never called me, but Citizens Bank did—I enjoyed my experience there, but I am very happy to now be working at a credit union!

What one piece of financial advice would you give?
I work with a lot of members who “bury their heads”, and sometimes, ask too late for help. My advice would be to ask for help as soon as you believe there might be a problem with your finances. You should never be made to feel looked down upon for asking for help—especially at SELCO. With financial matters, the sooner you ask for help, the better the outcome will be. I also recommend ordering your 3 free credit reports annually from www.annualcreditreport.com—just to make sure everything is accurate!

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