C. Kipp Stecher
Kipp Stecher is a member of East Pennsboro’s Class of 1968 who left central Pennsylvania to attend Clemson University in South Carolina, earning a Bachelors degree in Economics in 1972. To prepare for his career in banking, he completed a three year program at the CUNA School for Credit Union Management in 1982. Along the way, Kipp was a VP of Operations for Hughes Federal Credit Union in Arizona, Senior Loan Officer at Waterfield Financial Corporation, and VP of Installment and Mortgage Lending for Pennsylvania National Bank. In 1979, he found a home at the IBM Pennsylvania Employees Federal Credit Union which is now known as AmeriChoice where Kipp is President and CEO. Under his strong leadership, AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union increased from $13 million to over $150 million in assets.
In addition to operating a growing Credit Union, Kipp was a former member of the Credit Union Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia as well as an officer on the Board of LICU Corporate FCU. Kipp was nominated for this honor not only for his accomplishments in business, but also for the strong character and community outreach that he has demonstrated throughout his career. He initiated an AmeriChoice Charity Golf Tournament with proceeds totaling more than $30,000 going to the Four Diamonds Fund. He also serves on the Board of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce.
Kipp has spent the majority of his professional career working for a not-for-profit financial institution with the mission of “People helping people.” In order to help today’s youth become financially successful adults, Kipp started a comprehensive financial literacy initiative at the credit union. Through Kipp’s leadership, AmeriChoice has opened student-run branches in three local high schools and one college with the goal of teaching financial education. In 2004, East Pennsboro Area High School was one of the first high schools in the region to have a student run credit union, and Kipp committed resources to making this operation a success. In addition, every 9th grade student receives financial literacy training in budgeting, savings, and credit management. Because of his dedication to EP, more than 1200 of our students have received financial literacy training with an AmeriChoice employee. Kipp is married to his high school sweetheart, another EP graduate, and has two children and grandchildren.