Greenville, S.C. – Steve Harkins, President/CEO of SC Telco Federal Credit Union, has been named as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Leaders in Upstate South Carolina. More than 100 nominees were chosen by GSA’s readership as part of the 2015 Power Event Series presented by GSA Business Group. Each of the Top 20 nominees will be spotlighted in the upcoming Dec. 28th issue of GSA Business NewsMakers: The Year in Review.
Founded in 1935, with the mission of “improving the financial lives of its members,” SC Telco Federal Credit Union is now one of South Carolina’s oldest and largest credit unions, boasting a membership of nearly 50,000 and assets totaling $300 million. Harkins became President/CEO of SC Telco Federal Credit Union in January 1993 after serving as Vice President for six years.
As President/CEO, Harkins leads the strategic direction of the organization, and under his leadership, SC Telco Federal Credit Union was named a 2014 Best Places to Work in a statewide competition by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
As President/CEO of SC Telco Federal Credit Union, Harkins embodies the guiding principle of credit unions: “People helping people.” Unlike banks, credit unions are not-for-profit and do not have shareholders, which means all profits are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher dividends, and better financial services. This advantage has allowed SC Telco Federal Credit Union, under Harkins’ leadership, to serve the community in ways not possible for larger for-profit financial institutions.
Harkins is a model for SC Telco Federal Credit Union’s culture of charitable giving and volunteerism. SC Telco Federal Credit Union is a regular and proud supporter of several charitable organizations including The Salvation Army, United Way and Habitat for Humanity. Harkins also recently participated in the 2015 Habitat for Humanity CEO Build.
Harkins has served on several trade association boards. He is Chairman of the Board of Visitors at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. He also serves as Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Greenville Foundation and is a former distinguished president of the club. He has also been active in other community organizations.
A native of Pennsylvania, Harkins matriculated to Catawba College and earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and economics. He holds the Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designation. Harkins is married to Cindy Sharber Harkins, formerly of Elizabeth City, N.C. They have two adult sons.