Episode 100: The Reward of Service with Dave Willis

Welcome to the Loveworks dreamers and doers Podcast # 100. At Loveworks we believe you are NEVER too young to be a dreamer and NEVER too old to do your dream.

If this is your first time, thank you for joining us and giving us the thing that means the most to you – your time. If you’re returning, welcome back! We know you have lots of options out there in the Podcast universe.

Our hope with Dreamers & Doers podcast is that each week’s special guests will connect with you wherever you find yourself today and inspire you to become the best version of yourself for tomorrow.

Personal Growth with Michael and Carolyn

At Loveworks, we believe that one of the ways that you can become one of the best versions of yourself is to focus on personal growth. We love curating things like books, music, organizations, blogs, or resources that have encouraged your personal growth. 

Today we are going to share some fun updates on our previous 100 guests…

Episode 7: Finding Your Focus with Bola Ibidapo: The Too Fly Foundation was just featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show where they received a surprise $100k donation from H-E-B and Tyler Perry. Congratulations Bola, we love you more than you know!

Episode 27: You Get Out What You Put In with Leslie Stevens: Started The Cultivated Vision Design Studio after four years of learning all she could about branding and marketing to her health and wellness business.

Episode 12: Riding the Wave of Life with Sajid AliThe Learners’ Tree – TLT Naushahro Feroze achieved Award of Excellence Highest Volume Contributor from the IELTS British Council in Pakistan.

Episode 8: Bucket Listing 101 with Mike Hoang: Received the Indomitable Grit award for the year 2020 from the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of REALTORS and became the new President of the Asian District Cultural Association. 

Episode 63: Creating Your Own Adventures With Beth Brown: Released 2nd book in the Adventures with Divot and Swish series, focused on the superpower of confidence.

Episode 74: Becoming Extraordinary with Tiffney Laing: Author and Creator of Bevy & Dave released Bevy and Dave Adventures Through History: Dr. Carter G. Woodson – Volume I as well as My Best Self Journal.

Episode 42: Global Dreams with Akash Patel: Began his term as the first polyglot immigrant President-elect of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). 

Episode 48: Dreaming for All with Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins Jennifer has been selected as one of six people chosen to be the Courageous Class of 2022 by the Museum of the Courageous.  These individuals changed the face of civil rights in America; shattered the silence that surrounds hate; pushed for equality, and led multi-year campaigns against racial terror.

Dave Willis: Chief Executive Office, Tinker Federal Credit Union

Dave began his tenure at Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU)  as executive vice president/chief operations officer in 2008. Before accepting the position at TFCU and moving to Oklahoma, Dave was with Kitsap Credit Union in Bremerton, Washington for over 20 years. During his tenure at Kitsap, he held several positions with increasing responsibility, including senior vice president/chief operations officer.

Dave earned his bachelor’s degree in business management at the University of Washington and his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Central Oklahoma. He served for more than 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves, where he served as a Landing Support Specialist with the 4th Landing Support Battalion.

Dave participates in dozens of community events every year, including chamber of commerce activities, teacher/community partner appreciation events, United Way and events at Tinker Air Force Base. He serves as chair of the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation board, is on the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions PAC Committee and Credit Union National Association Consumer Financial Protection Sub-Committee. He also volunteers his personal time at various non-profit organizations. In 2013, Willis was awarded the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma “Professional of the Year.”

Dave’s ADVICE –

Do not worry about your surroundings or your environment. It may not set the stage for you but you do not have to become your environment. Be a dreamer; be your own person. Go after what you want, very aggressively. Focus on yourself and make sure you’re doing what you need to to achieve your dreams. Don’t get stuck anywhere no matter where you’re at, focus on the things you do well and excel at it.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dreams can shift so prepare yourself as you pursue each one
  • Allow what you see in the world to spur you to do something about it
  • Everyone has an important role to play
  • There is no dream too big, just take the next step
  • Don’t get distracted from what you really want to do
  • Be humble and work hard
  • Don’t allow your circumstances to define who you are

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