Our unique value proposition is driven by our ability to combine deep industry knowledge and exceptional service standards.
Our History For the past three decades, credit unions have associated our name with the best in executive search and consulting. Our reputation has grown nationwide as credit union directors, CEOs and staff have benefited from the industry dedication of our professional services team. Recognizing that credit unions have special needs, we set out to build an organization resourceful enough to handle any task, yet specialized in the nuances of the credit union movement. Our team is comprised of seasoned professionals, uniquely qualified to help our clients execute key organizational strategies. Setting a standard for a new generation of service and best business practices, O’Rourke & Associates offers expertise.
Bridget heads the executive search and consulting practice for O’Rourke & Associates. She works closely with the board of directors on the Chief Executive Officer searches performed by our firm and provides strategic oversight of search engagements, manages client relationships and leads new business development. She has been involved in executive search and human capital management for 14 years and financial services for 25 years. Her prior positions include: Executive Search Director for O’Rourke & Associates, Head of Human Resources for a $4 billion asset management firm, Controller for a multi- fund venture capital firm, Vice President for a major bank providing risk management for a $1.8 billion investment portfolio and Manager with a Big 5 public accounting firm, where she specialized in financial institution audits and internal audits as well as staff mentoring and leadership initiatives. Bridget has extensive experience in various aspects of financial institution operations and controls. Bridget also volunteered on the board of a $1 billion credit union and served on the Finance Committee, Nominating Committee and was named Vice Chairman. She understands the unique role credit union board members serve and the importance of a strong CEO/Board connection. Bridget holds a Bachelor of Art in Business Economics with an Accounting Emphasis from the University of California, Santa Barbara and she became a Certified Public Accountant in 1995.
DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE SEARCH AND STRATEGY
DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE SEARCH AND STRATEGY
Lisa is the Director of Executive Search and Strategy and is responsible for executing and managing all aspects of the executive search process. In addition, Lisa works closely with O’Rourke and Associates’ executive team to formulate the strategic direction of the firm.
With over 30 years of credit union industry experience Lisa has a strong depth and breadth of knowledge in all areas of credit union operations. She began her career as a marketing consultant for over 60 credit unions in the Midwest and then started her tenure in natural person credit unions as Vice President of marketing for State Employees Credit Union in Lansing Michigan (now known as LakeTrust Credit Union). Lisa served as Chief Executive Officer for Parkside Credit Union in Livonia Michigan and Chief Operations Officer for Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union in Clinton Township Michigan. Immediately prior to joining the O’Rourke and Associates’ team she was the Chief Operations Officer for the service corporation of one of the country’s premier Credit Union Leagues.
Lisa holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University. Lisa has earned many credit union designations from CUES and CUNA and most recently completed the designation of Chief Innovations Officer by attending the Strategic Innovation Institute at MIT and Stanford. In addition to these credit union specific designations Lisa has earned the SPHR designation and the SHRM-SCP the two premier designations of Human Resource professionals.
Some of Our Clients
Our clients are as diverse as the financial services marketplace. O’Rourke & Associates provides strategic solutions to organizations nationwide.
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What Our Clients Say
Bob Child Chief of Staff, CU Direct
Phil Sullivan Chairman, Northeast Credit Union ($1B in Assets)
Chichi E. Ahia, Board Chairman, Inspire Federal Credit Union ($85M in Assets)
Hallie Day CHRO, JAX Federal Credit Union ($327M in Assets)
Vince Magyar, CEO Search Committee Chair, Inspire Federal Credit Union ($85M in Assets)
Frank Mancini, President/CEO Connex Credit Union ($400M in Assets)
Charles Edison, Board Chair, Southeastern Federal Credit Union ($198M in Assets)
Ronald E Scott CEO, Appalachian Community FCU ($170M in assets)
Jane Dobbs CEO, Canyon State Credit Union ($136M in Assets)
Rudy Tafoya, SVP/Lending and Credit, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union ($1.26B in Assets)
Kyle Casburn CEO, Seaboard Federal Credit Union & Vice Chair, Maine Credit Union League & Synergent, Maine Credit Union League & Synergent
Rod Rovzar Director - Maine Credit Union League & Synergent, Maine Credit Union League and Synergent
I was privileged to be on the search committee to recruit a successor to a highly successful and much-loved, long-time trade association and for-profit subsidiary CEO. O’Rourke & Associates farmed the country for prospects, including some that were not actively looking to move from their employment positions. Our committee was able to interview several highly qualified candidates, and our organizations are thrilled with our new hire. Team leader Bridget O’Rourke did a wonderful job of amassing candidates and guiding us through the very challenging selection process. Speaking for myself, and I suspect more than one member of the search committee, Bridget subtly (and professionally) weaned me away from my fixation on finding a clone for our retiring CEO, but instead helped me focus on finding a skilled and energetic leader, who only secondarily possessed the business, trade and technology acumen necessary to the position. I highly recommend the firm.