Shawn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
His journey with credit unions began over 20 years ago, starting with Fort Bliss in El Paso and Credit Union of Texas to Texas Credit Union League (now Cornerstone Credit Union League). He is also a graduate of Southwest CUNA Management School Class of 1999. Before being named President and CEO of AMOCO in 2004, Shawn worked in the Marketing department and also served as Executive Vice President. Taking on the role of CEO meant major obstacles ahead. At the time of his promotion, the credit union was suffering from negative loan growth, negative membership growth and had only one location. Without hesitation, he faced the challenges head on and created a plan to lead his team to success. He took risks and never sacrificed his true vision for the credit union, even in moments of doubt. His tenacity and leadership over the last 12 years has taken AMOCO from one branch to ten branches, from 46,225 members to 83,348 members, and $341 million in assets to $911 million. Under his leadership, AMOCO was recognized by the Houston Chronicle as one of the “Top 100 Companies” to work for in the Houston area.
He exemplifies the foundation of the credit union philosophy – “People Helping People,” which is shown through AMOCO’s own motto – “all about you.” He is and always has been focused on members as well as his employees. After the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in August 2017, Shawn was immediately working to collect supplies and locate financial resources for AMOCO employees who lost everything. Hundreds of our members were also affected, so he worked diligently to serve them using every resource possible. Whether he was purchasing household supplies for employees, helping as many local non-profit organizations as he could, or making sure our members were serviced electronically while our branches were closed, Shawn never strayed from helping everyone around him.
Shawn’s presence extends beyond the walls of the credit union. He is also well-known in the community. He serves on multiple boards, spends his spare time volunteering, and sponsors numerous causes. Those who are fortunate enough to know Shawn can attest to his passion for giving back to individuals and to his community as a whole. It’s one of the many characteristics people admire about him.
More than a boss, Shawn is better described by his employees as a friend, mentor and supporter. Leaders like Shawn are a rarity. He is the vision and the drive of AMOCO, but most importantly, he is the heart.