Spotlight: Meet Shailoh Kovash from Western Cooperative CU!
by Shawn Marie Brummer
Communications & Media Specialist
1/8/2021

Shailoh Kovash grew up in the city of Dickinson, North Dakota. He was the youngest of three children, having two older sisters. He attended Trinity High School, a smaller private Catholic school, where he played football, played drums in the high school band, and graduated with a class of approximately 45 students.

His parents had a strong influence when he was younger, impressing upon the young man the importance of a strong work ethic, always leading by their example. “I learned that you have to work for what you want, as things are never just handed to you,” he shared.

After high school, Shailoh attended Dickinson State University, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Management Information Systems. During his college years, he worked part-time as a teller at Bank of the West for two years, and then worked at Dakota Community Bank for two years prior to his graduation.

After receiving his degree, he was offered his first full-time job at MeritCare Health System in Fargo (now Sanford Health) as an IT Analyst/Programmer, where he worked for three years. During that time, he was married, and his wife was offered a job in Dickinson. The couple made the move, bringing them closer to their extended family.

Once back in Dickinson, he accepted a position with SolarBee as a Computer Support Specialist, but after a year he was laid off. The very next day, he came across an opening at Western Cooperative Credit Union (WCCU) for an IT Administrator. He interviewed, was offered the position, and his credit union career began on May 30th, 2012. He remained in that role until 2019 when he was offered the position of Regional Vice President, the title he has held for the past 18 months.

As the Regional Vice President, Shailoh is responsible for overseeing the newly reconstructed Human Resources & Payroll Department. He also provides assistance to the COO, and still helps out with various projects within the IT department.

“What I enjoy most about the credit union industry is the family-oriented culture,” he stated. “The values maintained at WCCU fall right in line with my personal values, as well as the constant commitment to community involvement. As an employee, this culture truly helps you understand the importance and impact of what you do day-to-day,” he added.

He continues, “My managers at WCCU have influenced me a great deal as far as who I am as an employee, and I cannot credit them enough for allowing me to grow and expand in my career. It makes it easy to come to work when you have a tremendous leadership group surrounding you,” he concluded.

Shailoh’s commitment to his work and to his community is evident. He has served on the Trinity Athletic Booster Board for three years and helps coach youth flag football. He has volunteered for the Dickinson Backpack program, for the credit union’s Project Hope fundraiser, and also served on the WCCU Christmas Committee. Quite notably, in December of 2020, he was selected as one of Prairie Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

In his personal life, Shailoh has been married to his wife Aimee for 12 years. They have two sons: Landry (10); and Brenner (8). A yellow lab named Diggs completes this family unit.

In their free time, the Kovash family loves to spend time outdoors fishing, hunting, and camping as much as possible. The boys both participate in baseball in the summer and football in the fall. On Sundays, they are likely to be found watching football, as they are all avid Vikings fans!

 

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