|Goldenstein ends 28-year tenure as Holyoke Credit Union president|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
After serving as the Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union president for the better part of three decades, Ron Goldenstein officially clocked out for the last time Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. and is looking forward to the change of pace retirement will offer.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the credit union,” Goldenstein said. “I have developed close friendships with other employees I have worked with over the years and I have grown and learned a lot in the past 28 years that will benefit me in the future with whatever I do.”
Past health problems led to the decision for Goldenstein. In 2011 he had a mild heart attack. It was at that time it was discovered that he had cancer as well. He underwent surgery and then had five months of chemotherapy.
“I came back to work and just didn’t have the drive, enthusiasm and coping abilities to continue to do my job the way it needed to be done,” Goldenstein said.
In the past 28 years Goldenstein has seen the credit union go through a number of changes. When he started in 1985 it was just him and vice president Dolores Haskell.
Now the credit union boasts 11 employees, seven in Holyoke and four at the Imperial, Neb. branch office, which was opened 14 years ago. Assets have also risen from $4 million to $32 million.
Ron Goldenstein sits at his office desk at the Holyoke Credit Union one last time as he wraps up nearly three decades of service. —Enterprise photo
Haskell has stepped in as the new president of the credit union. She began working at the credit union five years before Goldenstein as a teller and says he will be sorely missed.
“My early years weren’t the best in the world because I didn’t have Ron as a manager,” Haskell said. “Not to have him here will be a change, for sure. We’ll miss him.”
Goldenstein isn’t planning to take much of a break as he enters retirement, however. He is using the time off to start up a landscape and design business.
“I love to work outside. That is one thing that I have missed,” Goldenstein said. “I love to be outside with the fresh air, sunshine and the physical work.”
He noted that he has always enjoyed yardwork and gardening, but the passion really grew when he began doing work on his own house four years ago.
He also expressed an interest in possibly finding work as a bartender.
“I just want to do something totally different than what I have been doing,” Goldenstein explained. “I don’t want to do what I have been doing for the past 30 years.”
Although he laughs as he estimates that he may be putting in longer hours in retirement than he did while at the credit union, Goldenstein is looking forward to playing some golf and riding his bike more in his free time. He will also be able to spend more time with his mother.
For landscaping and design needs, Goldenstein can be reached at 854-2140 or at 580-3109.
Holyoke Enterprise April 11, 2013