A career in finance with Alaska USA that spans nearly a quarter century has come to an end for Becky Hutchinson. Hutchinson retires as area Vice President for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, but began with Alaska USA in 1992 as a branch manager in Kenai when it was the only branch on the Peninsula and retired with five branches under her in Kodiak and Kenai. Prior to coming to Kenai she worked with First National Bank Alaska. A friendly familiar face to Alaska USA members, Becky was also a familiar face to wherever community events and fund raisers were being held. A member of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board of directors for more than a decade she is known as one of the first to always step when there is a need, says executive director Tammi Murray, “She is and has always been instrumental in leading our finance committee. She steps up whenever and wherever there is a need and her background and knowledge was extremely important to me personally as I came in as the new executive director. She’s a talented photographer and we wish her well in her retirement and are so glad she is staying on our board of directors,” said Murray. Hutchinson’s plans for the future includes life as a grandmother, “Traveling and taking time with family this first year. Our daughter is having her first child in March so I’ll be traveling to Dover to welcome our grandson into the world,” and the second year when post retirement boredom sets in? “I just may get a part time job and there are a lot of opportunities to volunteer with some great organizations here on the Peninsula,” she said.
According to Becky it was the Alaska USA members that made her career unforgettable, “Our members are terrific and it’s been a joy to provide them with financial services all these years and being involved with the community. I’ve enjoyed being involved and contributing and I will continue doing that, I’m not leaving this remains home and I’ll be out there at the Peninsula Winter Games with my camera.” Helping members prepare financially and plan for retirement has been part of Becky’s profession, but arriving there and receiving a gold pan of appreciation can be a bit shocking, “It was scary at first, but transitions can be good and after a lot of reflection I decided that this was the right time for me to try something new and do some different things.” Hutchinson’s last day on the job will be January 12th as Alaska USA needed some extra time to fill her shoes and once again she was there to step up to help. At an open house in December to celebrate her retirement, many of her colleagues as well as long time Alaska USA members stopped by to share a cookie and express their appreciation of her service. Renee Rybak, Alaska USA Soldotna branch manager said Becky will be greatly missed but never forgotten.