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ABCO FCU co-CEO Ellen Kuiper Named One of South Jersey Biz Magazine's Executives of the Year

The editors of South Jersey Biz magazine asked their readers to nominate 20 business leaders who have been at the front of industry changes and economic growth, in order to discover influential names from across South Jersey.

Ellen Kuiper, President and co-CEO of ABCO Federal Credit Union, was among the 20 executives chosen. Kuiper likes to say she’s done every job there is at ABCO, and she’s not exaggerating. Now in her 41st year with the company, she got her start when she was just 17, working out of CEO Milton Hershberger’s garage.

“I used to babysit Milt’s kids and chase their hamsters around,” she quips. “I had a partial scholarship to Rider, but couldn’t afford to go. [Hershberger] said ‘Just stick with me kid and someday you’ll run this place,’ and I guess that’s what happened.”

Now, out of the garage, ABCO has nine branches located throughout South Jersey and has grown from $300,000 in assets to nearly $175 million. Kuiper went from being the first and only employee, to overseeing the 78 now working under the company’s umbrella.

“We work as a team and everyone deserves credit to what this has now become,” she says. “I love every minute of it.”

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