Jim has more than twenty years business experience, most of which with credit unions. His roles ranged from teller to CEO. He spent more than ten years with Partners Federal Credit Union (formerly Vista FCU) which serves The Walt Disney Company, where he led marketing, business development, sales, and strategic alliances.
In 2010, Jim was hired to be the Chief Executive Officer for Darden Employees Federal Credit Union (DCU), chartered to serve the more than 200,000 employees of Darden Restaurants, Inc. In six months, he and his team built a primarily virtual delivery credit union offering a full suite of products and services. Since its launch, DCU has more than tripled its asset base, grown 6 times in loan balances, quadrupled income, and grown seven times in members served.
DCU’s unique business model extends to its robust relationship with its sponsor which positions the credit union as a business partner rather than only a service or benefit to employees. Nearly 90% of Darden employees are Gen X or Gen Y, making DCU’s field of membership one of the youngest and largest in the country. In 2014, he helped orchestrate the merger between DCU and USF Federal Credit Union in Tampa, Florida.
Jim has spent the last two years speaking to credit union leaders across the country about the industry’s opportunity to thrive in the future. As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, Jim travels the country providing insight on topics ranging from virtual delivery models, understanding and serving Gen Y, defining and gauging member loyalty, building profitable SEG relationships, effective strategic planning and more.
In 2015 he launched Canidae Consulting to work more directly with credit unions. Canidae Consulting provides strategic planning and business plan guidance, member survey solutions and loan generation programs.
Carpenter Speakers Bureau is proud to represent Jim Kasch as a speaker for the Credit Union industry. Jim is very professional, offers valuable content because of his years of experience in Credit Unions, is easy to work with, and has earned very high evaluations with Credit Union clients . I would highly recommend booking Jim for your upcoming meetings.
Jim Kasch helped transform our annual strategic planning session into a dynamic, business strategy. He guided our focus to generate critical insights and how to create value and drive growth for our members. We’re definitely inviting Jim back for another session!
Jim delivers valuable insight into the industry with depth, meaning and actionable takeaways. He's highly entertaining while also highly informative.