Celebrating Kendall Foster's Legacy: A Lifetime of Dedication to the Credit Union Movement

In the heart of the credit union community, there are those individuals whose dedication shines brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the movement. Kendall Foster, the esteemed CEO of Scenic Community Credit Union, is undoubtedly one of these luminaries. With 37 years of unwavering service to the credit union system, Kendall's journey embodies the essence of the credit union philosophy—people helping people.

A Beacon of Leadership

Kendall's journey through the credit union system is marked by a succession of leadership roles, both local and statewide. From his pivotal position on the Tennessee Credit Union League board of directors from April 2000 to May 2007, where he served as Secretary, Vice Chairman, and two-term Chairman, to his instrumental role on the Chattanooga Chapter Board for 12 years, Kendall's leadership has been profound and transformative. His tenure on the Tennessee Credit Union League Regulatory Committee and the Commissioner’s Task Force for the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions further underscores his commitment to shaping the future of the credit union movement.

Championing the Credit Union Philosophy

At the core of Kendall's ethos lies an unwavering commitment to the credit union philosophy. His open-door policy for all members exemplifies his dedication to serving the community. Kendall's genuine respect for others and lighthearted sense of humor have endeared him to credit union members and colleagues alike. He recognizes the inherent value of credit unions and tirelessly promotes their benefits at every opportunity.

A Lifelong Learner

Kendall's pursuit of excellence is evident in his continuous quest for knowledge and growth within the credit union sphere. His attainment of the prestigious CCUE designation, graduation from SRCUS, and active participation in Volcorp annual forums, GAC, TCUL annual meetings, and League events underscore his commitment to staying abreast of industry trends and best practices.

A Time to Celebrate

As Kendall embarks on the next chapter of his journey, we pause to celebrate his unparalleled contributions to the credit union movement. His legacy of leadership, advocacy, and unwavering commitment to the credit union philosophy will continue to inspire generations to come. The Tennessee Credit Union League honored Kendall this year with the Hall of Fame Award—a fitting tribute to a true credit union champion.

In closing, as Kendall prepares to retire from Scenic Community Credit Union on May 3, 2024, let us reflect on the profound impact he has made and express our sincerest appreciation for his exemplary service. Kendall Foster's legacy will endure as a beacon of hope, embodying the very essence of the credit union movement—empowering communities, one member at a time.