Ed Swanson, Vice President/Consultant at Lending Solutions Consulting, has 35 years of experience in the credit union industry. Ed has assisted hundreds of credit unions throughout the country strengthening consumer lending, loan underwriting, risk based lending, mortgage lending, indirect lending, collections, sales development, member service and incentive programs.

Ed has spoken for over 45 Credit Union Leagues on a variety of lending and member service related topics. Swanson is based in the IL marketplace, and his last credit union position was with Patelco Credit Union (San Francisco, Assets: $5 billion+). He worked for Patelco for 10 ½ years where he developed and managed a Walgreens division for the credit union at the Walgreens corporate headquarters.  Ed’s previous credit union experience includes 11 years as Vice President of Lending and Collections at Baxter Credit Union in Deerfield, IL; 3 years as Senior Vice President of Lending at Space Coast Credit Union in Melbourne, Florida; and 1 year as Vice President of Lending at University Federal Credit Union in Austin, Texas. Baxter Credit Union grew from no assets to $400 million in assets during Swanson’s tenure at the organization making it the fastest growing start-up in credit union history.

Swanson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Indiana University and was a member of the school’s football team and victorious Holiday Bowl team. In addition, he holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Swanson was an annual instructor at the CUNA Consumer Lending Management School for seven years and also was a featured speaker at CU Conference’s “Focus on Lending” Conference for twelve years. In addition, Swanson has spoken at numerous credit union league lending conferences and league annual meetings throughout the country sharing his credit union experiences and motivating credit union employees to be the best they can be at serving their members.

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