Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame
A. Rex Johnson
Rex Johnson has dedicated over 30 years to various activities within the credit union movement. He began his credit union career by managing the Credit Union Division for the Illinois Department of Financial Institutions. Following that position, Rex served as CEO of Baxter Credit Union from 1981 to 1993. In 1986 he won the Illinois Credit Union Executive of the Year Award presented by Illinois CUES.
As CEO of Baxter Credit Union, Rex sought out opportunities to not only help his own credit union grow, but to assist others as well. He created and shared programs to reduce delinquencies, grow loan portfolios, motivate staff, create a sales culture and reduce loan approval times.
Rex combined his technical skills with an energizing and engaging style that clicked with credit union professionals. He was in demand as a speaker at local, as well as national, educational sessions and spent countless hours sharing thoughts and ideas with credit union officials about how to improve their operations.
Throughout his career at Baxter Credit Union, Rex focused on quality member service and staff motivation. Under his leadership, the credit union won the coveted Baxter Quality Award for service in 1992. The credit union again won this award in 1998.
Today Rex is president of Lending Solutions, Inc., a company he founded in 1993 as the first hands-on interactive lending school for credit union professionals.
Rex has made a career in credit unions his life. He continues to motivate, teach and inspire a new generation of credit union professionals seeking careers in credit unions.