(8/22/21) – – Jackson Area Federal Credit Union President/CEO Gary Fairley has been inducted into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame. Created in 1994, the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame is the state’s highest credit union honor, recognizing individuals that have devoted their life to the philosophy and success of credit unions at the local, state or national level.
Fairley’s entire career has been in financial services. He worked for a bank in college but later discovered credit unions, which are not-for-profit, cooperative financial institutions. Embracing the “people helping people” credit union philosophy, Fairley has devoted decades of service to credit unions and their member-owners. He worked for Alabama Telco Credit Union and Degussa Employees Federal Credit Union, both of Mobile, Alabama, before joining Jackson Area Federal Credit Union as CEO in 1998.
In addition to service to his own credit union, Fairley has also served national, regional, and state credit union organizations. He was a board member at Alabama Corporate Credit Union. He has served on the Corporate America Credit Union Board of Directors since 2010, and on its executive committee since 2014. Fairley served as president of the Mississippi Managers Association, an important networking and support group for Mississippi credit union CEOs, from 2007-2021. His Mississippi credit union CEO peers respect him for his industry knowledge and leadership.
Staff members describe Fairley as living the credit union “people helping people” philosophy through thought and action. They know his door is always open, and he is a trustworthy, caring, and dependable leader. He is a passionate supporter of Children’s of Mississippi Hospital.
Fairley was inducted into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame on August 22, 2021.
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About the Mississippi Credit Union Association
The Mississippi Credit Union Association is the state trade association for 69 credit unions in Mississippi who serve more than 680,000 consumers who choose credit unions as their financial services partner.