Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame
Don Leber may truly be considered a credit union pioneer. He started the H.O. Perlee Credit Union in his home basement in 1957. The credit union was chartered so that board members from other credit unions could get loans. At that time board members were prohibited from receiving loans from credit unions where they were serving as a director. Don also managed the Atwood Credit Union until 2004 when it merged with Rockford Bell Credit Union.
In addition to his management duties with the H.O. Perlee and Atwood Credit Unions, Don ran his own business, Leber Services, from 1986 to 2000. Leber Services provided computer services to ten area credit unions.
Don also volunteered his time serving in various capacities on the H.O. Perlee Chapter Board (now the Rockford Area Chapter). Throughout his career Don took time to mentor others in the credit union movement. He shared his knowledge about credit unions, the movement, and general business skills with many CEOs who are still running credit unions today. We received letters of recommendation from those who know and worked with Don commending him on his business sense, tireless devotion to credit unions and his selfless commitment to the movement. As one CEO said “Don gave his all to the credit union movement and expected nothing in return”.
Don is currently still serving as a board member for Rockford Bell Credit Union. His 54 years of dedication to the credit unions of Illinois is now acknowledged by his induction into the Credit Union Hall of Fame.