Jim Holt is a lawyer, a soldier and the top executive of one of the city’s largest credit unions.
The 63-year-old psychology major joined the $225 million Mid American Credit Union as its CEO in 2005. In that time, Holt had engineered the acquisition of an Arkansas City-based credit union and overseen the development of the credit union’s first northeast Wichita office. He also was among a small group of executives who pushed for the development locally of a shared branching network, in which competing credit unions agreed to provide limited services to one another’s customers.
He started working for the Kansas Highway Credit Union while attending Washburn University in Topeka. From there he joined what is now Kansas Credit Union Association, a trade group, as a lobbyist.
Holt earned a law degree at the University of Kansas.
And after 31 years, he retired in 2003 as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.
His 41 years in the industry have included a stint as CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association in Denver, as well as 14 years as a consulting attorney to credit unions in Kansas and the Kansas Department of Credit Unions, the regulator of state-chartered credit unions.