AUBURN HILLS — After 24 years with Genisys Credit Union, Linda Zabik, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, celebrated her retirement on May 20.
“We simply can’t thank Linda enough for her selfless dedication to Genisys through the years,” said Genisys Credit Union CEO Jackie Buchanan. “She has poured her heart into the communities we serve to ensure we are supporting and serving each and every community while being a helpful partner and resource to them each and every day. We will miss Linda’s smile and her hugs, but we are so happy she will be able to spend more time with her family.”
Zabik joined the credit union after 24 years with the Boy Scouts of America. At that time the credit union was T & C Federal Credit Union. Zabik said that Dianne Addington, President/CEO and Lon Bone, Vice President of Marketing had a vision that credit unions would become involved in the community through financial support and encouraging employees, families and friends to join in the mission of People Helping People.
“I was blessed to be hired to help implement a vision,” said Zabik. “When I started with the credit union we did five community events. Today, we still have those five signature events, but we also have over 1,000 other events.”
Zabik said her combined 48-year-career has never felt like a job. “I really love doing what I do,” she said.
Those who have had the pleasure to know and work with Zabik can attest to her passion for what she does and her love of “connecting the dots.” Thanks to her involvement in many community events, she prides herself on connecting people and resources where she can.
“The ability to bring people together … That’s the part I loved doing the most,” she said.
“With all of our partners in the community I have had the opportunity to meet and work side by side with the most caring people, who only have one focus and that is to serve their community.”
Zabik said her Stuff-a-Bus program, which supplied school supplies to students most in need and Walk for Warmth, which raises money to assist in utility payments, stand out as some of her favorite events to be involved with.
“If people aren’t warm or not fed, they’re never going to succeed,” she said.
Zabik said she will miss her work family.
“I have been blessed and honored to have been the face of Genisys Credit Union for the past 24 years,” she said. “I could not have done it by myself. I had amazing support and commitment from Team Genisys.”
Zabik also credits her husband of 43 years with helping her succeed. In her retirement, she plans to spend more time with him, their two daughters and brand-new granddaughter.
Zabik knows the Genisys Credit Union team will continue to make her proud in all that they do.
“One event is not more important than another,” she said. “It is what we all do together that makes our communities strong and we cannot do it by ourselves, we must do it together.”
— Emily Caswell