Prospect Magazine: Alumni Stories

Only One Way to Do It

John Fiore ’78
CEO, Motorola Credit Union

I didn’t have the opportunity to attend college right away after high school, because finances were an issue and I had a lot going on. I found a job, and I had a military requirement to serve a couple of years in the Navy. Still, I knew I had to further my education eventually, and there was only one way to do it—through night school. I signed up for classes at Wright College, and graduated with an associate’s degree in 1975.

That was a busy time for me. I had gotten married, and of course I was working. But my wife said to me, “I know we’ve got a lot going on, but a two-year degree is not going to get you where you want to go.” So I started looking for a college where I could get a good education without disrupting my life too much. I started at Elmhurst the same year I graduated from Wright, going to class at night and on Saturdays.

My Elmhurst degree definitely opened doors for me. At the time I was working as a loan officer in Motorola’s Employee Credit Union. Earning a four-year degree put me in position to start doing something. In a short amount of time, I became assistant loan manager, then loan manager. Over the years I worked my way up to assistant general manager of the credit union and finally CEO.

When I started at Motorola, the credit union had $7 million in assets. Today, we have $800 million. I feel good about where we are today, but most of all I enjoy helping our members achieve their financial goals and live better lives.

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