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NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters on Treichel retirement

As Prepared For Delivery on June 25, 2020

I have had the great honor and privilege to work with Executive Director Mark Treichel since I joined the NCUA Board in August 2014. I wish to thank you, Mark, for your much-valued assistance, keen sense of judgment, deft leadership, and compelling integrity over the years. You are hugely respected and much loved within the agency and that will serve as your enduring legacy.

When I think of Mark, I am reminded of a quote by Jim Rohn:

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

And, how could I possibly speak of Mark and not include a Dave Matthews lyric:

It's crazy, I'm thinking, just knowing that the world is round, and here I'm dancing on the ground. Am I right-side-up, or upside-down, and is this real? Or am I dreaming?

Mark, thank you for your collegiality and friendship over the years. We, at the NCUA, are better people and the agency is a better place because of you.

Thank you.

J. Mark McWatters

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