Adams: Love your people

Near-death experience gives CEO a deeper appreciation for family, staff, and members.

Patrick Adams is alive and well and eating bacon.

That wasn’t a likely prospect five years ago when he suffered a massive heart attack while exercising and was clinically dead for three minutes.

The traumatic experience gave Adams, CEO at St. Louis Community Credit Union a new appreciation for life, especially the people in it. He shared his story at the 2019 CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference Thursday in Las Vegas.

“I died in the best possible place: a YMCA with a working defibrillator where a Secret Service agent trained in life-saving skills was working out, and a fire department across the parking lot,” he says. “It was good to die there. Every night since I think, ‘What am I supposed to do with the gift I’ve been given?’”


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