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Dupaco named Best Place to Work

DUBUQUE, Iowa–Dupaco Community Credit Union has been named a Best Place to Work by Employ Humanity. The member-owned financial cooperative was one of 20 employers Employ Humanity, a leadership development and culture design company, recognized throughout the United States.

Employ Humanity recognizes employers who demonstrate excellence to the comprehensive well-being of its employees, industry and communities. Recipients of this recognition are employers of choice that have demonstrated excellence in servant leadership, workplace culture and, most importantly, making the world a better place for humanity. This recognition is awarded annually to employers selected on qualitative methodology that considers leadership, culture and community impact.

“As a member-owned cooperative, Dupaco’s mission is to help members build a life worth loving,” says Dupaco President and CEO Joe Hearn. “We have a team of passionate, engaged employees who, with heart and smart, take their role of serving members and one another seriously. Their connection with our members and the communities we serve helps us achieve our vision of a brighter community for all.”

This is the third Employ Humanity recognition for Dupaco, who was also named Best Place to Work in 2023 and received the organization’s Excellence Award in 2022.

“Dupaco continues to exemplify what it means to be an employer of choice,” said Bill Marklein, founder of Employ Humanity. “The growth of Dupaco is a direct result of exceptional people-first leadership.”

The credit union currently employs nearly 700 employees and serves members throughout Iowa, northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin.

Dupaco Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa. It is dedicated to the financial well-being of its members, and specializes in personalized financial counseling, money advice and education. It offers savings, loans, investments, insurance and wealth management products for individuals and businesses. Dupaco serves residents in 118 counties throughout Iowa, northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. Founded in 1948 by 10 Dubuque Packing Company employees, membership has grown to more than 162,000 with assets exceeding $3.2 billion. It has nearly 700 employees and 22 branch office locations. Dupaco is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). It is a Forbes Best-in-State Credit Union, Forbes America’s Best Small Employer, Newsweek Top Credit Union and a Des Moines Register Top Workplace. Learn more at

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