SPIRE President/CEO Dan Stoltz is one of three individuals from Wisconsin and Minnesota to receive the prestigious 2021 Cooperative Builder Award from the Cooperative Network. The annual competition honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions at the local, state and/or national level to advance cooperative philosophy and ideals.
Dan has dedicated 27 years of his career to the cooperative movement. After college graduation, Dan took an entry-level job with his alma mater,University of Northwestern, vowing to pay back every cent of money he borrowed to attain his degree. He moved his way up to Vice President/CFO for Business and Finance, and from there was recruited by the Central Purchasing Services cooperative to serve as their Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Dan’s ideology and support of cooperatives caught the attention of a board member of Central Purchasing Services, who was also a Vice President at Twin Cities Co-op Federal Credit Union (now SPIRE Credit Union). Dan was recruited to join SPIRE as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 1999. In January 2010, Dan became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and remains in that role today. Dan’s dedication to SPIRE’s strength and vitality has landed the credit union on an unprecedented trajectory of growth.
“Under Dan’s leadership, SPIRE continues to excel even in challenging times,” remarked William J. Nelson of Persona, Professional & Organizational Transitions, “ Examples include Dan being chosen as a 2020 Most Admired CEO by the St Paul/Minneapolis Business Journal and SPIRE’s selection asMinneapolis /St. Paul Business Journal’s 2021 “Best Places to Work”; an Energy-Saving Lending award in 2021; multiple Marketing Excellence Awards, and the excellent work done by their foundation and community service efforts.”
Mark Cummins, MnCUN President & CEO said, “Dan embodies the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people’ and inspires others through his involvement and passion. Living his personal philosophy that ‘life is about giving, not getting,’ Dan spearheaded the SPIRE Gives Big initiative where $250,000 was donated to 187 local organizations and businesses affected by COVID-19.”
“I am humbled and honored to be selected as one of the Cooperative Builder Award recipients,” said Dan Stoltz, “At SPIRE, when one person receives an award, it is shared by and attributed to all 340 SPIRE employees. I am fortunate to have a great team behind the work we do for cooperatives and the credit union industry!”