BLI Graduation Year: 2011
Timothy R. Strong
Visions Federal Credit Union
Business Development Manager
Tell us briefly about yourself and please update your classmates on your personal/professional experiences since graduating from BLI: Since BLI Graduation in 2011, I’ve help multiple positions at Visions FCU, ultimately leading me to my current role in September 2013. I’m blessed with the opportunity to work with Visions management team on growing the credit union, handling community involvement/sponsorships, and leading Financial Literacy initiatives. Personally, since BLI graduation I’ve been quite busy – I got married to my wife Beth in 2011, and we have 2 wonderful daughters – Stella (4) and Reegan (2).
Favorite books/movies: I’m a big fan of fiction – specifically mystery and suspense. I typically enjoy whatever is on the “best seller” list. I’m also a big fan of all movies – everything from critically acclaimed films to 80s cult classics and goofy comedies.
Current & Past Notable Civic Activities: Southern Tier Heartwalk (2017 Chairman), Greater Binghamton Educational Outreach Program (Chair), Emerging Leaders Society of Southern Tier (Co-Chair), Southern Tier Credit Union Alliance (Treasurer), Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra (Member)
Interest/Hobbies: Spending time with my family, running, gold and listening to and watching live music
How did your BLI experience change your perception of the community? BLI opened my eyes to all that exists in Broome County – it pulled me out of the bubble I spent the first 28 years of my life living in.
How did your BLI experience motivate you to become more involved in the community? BLI taught me how easy it is to get involved and have an impact on the community. Too often we look at community issues as “too big” to fix, or that we’re “just one person” but BLI shows you the way one person can make a difference.
What was your most memorable BLI activity/moment? I remember the first class, which took place at the Children’s Home Wilderness Adventure Center. We met each other for the first time by first name only and worked together as a team to overcome obstacles (literally) without knowing information we so commonly use to identify ourselves – employer and title.
What was the most valuable benefit to you from your BLI experience? The most valuable benefit of the BLI program was not only the bond that was created between me and my classmates, but additionally the greater network I became a part of. It has opened many doors to meeting colleagues personally and professionally.
What “nugget of wisdom” do you have for your fellow BLI alum? This community really is the best of all worlds – big enough to have something for everyone, yet small enough that anyone with the desire and ambition can get involved and have a direct impact. Yea Binghamton!