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Meet Your #DupacoCrew: ‘Dupaco Always Had A Spot In My Heart’ Dupaco’s Sophie Thomsen and Jon Nugent sign their names on the red ribbon from the Sept. 27 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Mineral Point Road branch in Madison, Wis. (K. Wolf photo)

Meet your #DupacoCrew: ‘Dupaco always had a spot in my heart’

By Jon Nugent | Branch manager

I think I’ve been a golfer my entire life.

It’s a sport that offers so much.

It teaches you integrity. You don’t have somebody watching if you cheat, so you have to hold yourself accountable. Most of my stories are intertwined with golf or have been impacted by it one way or another.

That’s actually how I started at Dupaco too.

Credit union lessons on the golf course

I was getting ready to graduate from college and didn’t know what I wanted to do. One of my good friends asked if I wanted to join a golf league with him. And one of the guys in the league happened to work at Dupaco.

I didn’t know what a credit union was, and he told me what it was all about. Dupaco had a lot of values that aligned with mine.

I started as a teller and eventually became a member service representative.

There wasn’t a better organization to show me what a credit union is all about—and how you can impact each member’s life. Dupaco trains you to do what’s best for the member.

I had worked there for about a year and a half.

Then my dad got sick.

Family is No. 1. And I had to leave Dupaco and go back to Illinois to take care of him.

Working toward a greater cause

But after working there, I wanted to work in the credit union industry forever. And I would compare every job to Dupaco after that.

It drove home my need to work for an organization that goes above and beyond for a greater cause. You want to go home at the end of the night being proud of what you do.

I continued working in the credit union industry and ended up in Madison, Wis. When I saw that Dupaco was coming to Madison, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come back and share Dupaco with the community.

Dupaco was there to welcome me back with open arms.

Dupaco’s Jon Nugent speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 27 at the Mineral Point Road branch in Madison, Wis. (K. Wolf photo)

Dupaco’s Jon Nugent speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 27 at the Mineral Point Road branch in Madison, Wis. (K. Wolf photo)

Now I’m a branch manager at one of our new Madison branches. Every time a member walks through the door, we have an opportunity to help them and change their life.

Dupaco offers something special that’s just not everywhere else. And getting to help create that experience up here in Madison is so exciting.

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