Dallas-based Neighborhood Credit Union officials announced Monday that their senior vice president of loans and collections, Mike Roark, died after battling an illness. He was 65 years old.
According to a statement from the credit union, Roark had been with Neighborhood since 2012.
“Mike Roark was an amazing man and a leader for our credit union,” said Chet Kimmell, president and CEO of Neighborhood. “He had a passion for adventure and helping others, that was inspiring. On a personal note, Mike was a great friend. He could always make me laugh and we loved to challenge each other over movie and music trivia “His passing will leave a huge hole in our organization and his family. He will be sorely missed.”
Prior to his role at Neighborhood, Roark was a board member of the Cornerstone Credit Union League as well as Director of Loans for the $749 million Resource One Credit Union, also based in Dallas.
Altogether, Roark has served in the credit union industry since 1991, when he became assistant vice president of lending for Truity Credit Union, based in Bartlesville, Okla.
Additionally, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and community volunteer, and had a true passion for the outdoors.
“Mike Roark has been a leader, mentor and great friend to me for many years,” said Kenny Cooper, vice president of lending at Neighborhood. “I will miss his sense of humor. We laughed at everything. I will miss the way he challenged me. We didn’t always agree, but he always listened to me. I learned more from him than I can put into words. I am sad that we have now had our last discussions about work, sports, hiking, cars (heavy duty 4×4 vehicles) or just life in general. He will be greatly missed. »
In remembrance of Roark and his passion for the environment, Neighborhood said it is donating to the Texas Trees Foundation in his name.
Roark is survived by his wife, adult children and their families, according to the credit union.