FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2015
David Lanphear named president of Envision Financial
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – First West Credit Union is pleased to announce that David Lanphear has been appointed to president of its Envision Financial division effective January 1, 2016. In this role, Lanphear will provide leadership to the credit union’s lines of business in the Envision Financial region. This leadership change follows on the appointment of Shelley Besse to the role of chief operating officer of First West, a new position within the credit union.
“Dave has deep and extensive knowledge of our business and is a proven leader who has driven success in several of our lines of business over the years,” says First West Credit Union CEO Launi Skinner. “He’s committed to creating better experiences for our members and clients, and helping them achieve their financial goals. Dave’s extensive expertise in our business and his engaging leadership will undoubtedly further our success in the Envision region.”
Lanphear has 18 years of financial services experience and has held a number of progressively senior positions during his career including assistant vice-president, Investment Services; assistant vice-president, Insurance Services and vice-president, Commercial Banking and Insurance. Lanphear is currently vice-president, Banking and Insurance Services where he has been responsible for the financial performance, leadership and overall strategic direction of Envision Financial’s banking and insurance teams.
“Throughout my career I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact our credit union has had on our members and employees and the communities they live and work,” says Lanphear. “I’m beyond grateful for the investment Envision Financial and First West have made in my career enabling me to grow and succeed. I’m also excited to be able to continue supporting and developing other emerging leaders in my new role as president.”
Lanphear credits three key qualities that have led to his success:
Step up and lead
Over the years, Lanphear has developed strong leadership skills and encourages up and coming leaders to make a point of doing the same. “It’s important that you clearly define the goals for your team and explain how you plan to get there,” says Lanphear. “To be a successful leader, you need to advocate on behalf of your team—remove barriers that are holding them back from achieving their goals and make sure that they feel valued and important.”
Engage your team
Lanphear has led many teams during his career and all have one thing in common: they have consistently scored high in all areas of employee engagement while delivering top level performance. As he explains, “People want to have a say, they want to feel heard and they want to feel like their contributions matter. Involve your teams in the decisions that affect them and make sure to celebrate successes along the way.”
Each team Lanphear has led has experienced significant growth and strong financial performance under his leadership. “To be successful, you have to be able to execute and deliver results,” says Lanphear. “Sometimes that means making tough decisions or presenting a goal that seems unattainable and working towards it. From my experience, if your team respects you and feels valued, they’ll do what it takes to get the results that are needed.”
About Envision Financial
Envision Financial is a premier provider of banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union with 53 branches and 40 insurance offices throughout the province, Envision Financial brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Envision Financial, visit www.envisionfinancial.ca.