PSECU Vice President of Human Resources Cathy Tama-Troutman named 2018 Woman of Influence
HARRISBURG, PA (June 18, 2018) — Today, PSECU Vice President of Human Resources Cathy Tama-Troutman was presented with the 2018 Women of Influence Award by the Central Penn Business Journal during a recognition ceremony at the Hilton Harrisburg. Bestowed annually, the Women of Influence awards honor local businesswomen for their outstanding leadership, integrity, and accomplishments.
“What an honor it is to be named a 2018 Woman of Influence. It’s humbling to join the ranks of all of the outstanding women who have received the award before me – each one contributing in their own unique way to making Central Pennsylvania a better place for everyone to enjoy,” said Tama-Troutman. “My philosophy in the Human Resources field has always been, ‘If you treat employees well and care for them properly, they will be in a stronger position to help and serve others.’ This is very true at PSECU as we strive to best assist our membership, but I think it is also true on a broader, community-wide scale… do what you can for others, so that they can pay it forward, too. In the end, everyone benefits.”
Tama-Troutman has led PSECU’s Human Resources area since 1987 and contributed significantly to the credit union’s growth and stability by overseeing the hiring, training, and support of a qualified and dedicated workforce focused on providing PSECU’s more than 430,000 members with high quality financial products and services. During her more than 30-year tenure at PSECU, Tama-Troutman managed employee growth from around 80 to more than 850 employees. As part of her role, she serves as a strategic partner in staff and compensation planning, performance management, employee training and development, internal communications, and succession management, among other day-to-day responsibilities.
Prior to her employment with PSECU, Tama-Troutman worked for RCA Consumer Electronics in Lancaster from 1983 to 1987, and Taylor Wharton, a division of Harsco, in Harrisburg from 1978 to 1982.
Throughout her career, Tama-Troutman has been heavily involved in community service efforts – both as a Human Resources professional and as a mother. From a professional perspective, she has been active with the HR Professionals of Central PA for more than 20 years, including current membership and time served on the organization’s Board of Directors. She is also currently a member of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation’s HR Advisory Board. Crediting her two daughters as a major influence, Tama-Troutman provided multi-year volunteer commitments to youth-focused community programming, including Hampden Township and Cumberland Valley High School soccer, the Cumberland Valley School District Booster Club, and her church’s education ministry. Her involvement with some of these programs included service as Treasurer and Secretary. Additionally, she is the current Vice President of the Susquehanna Rowing Association.
“Cathy Tama-Troutman’s career achievements, as well as her dedication to the community and service to others, set a strong, positive example for other professionals to follow and truly illustrate what it means to be a Woman of Influence,” said PSECU Vice President of Marketing and Membership Development Barb Bowker, who was named a Woman of Influence in 2015.
In addition to serving as a mentor to PSECU’s 20-person Human Resources staff, which includes 17 women, Tama-Troutman was also involved for several years with the Capital Region Partnership for Career Development. Within the credit union community, she acts as a mentor to other professionals by service as a judge of projects submitted by participants in the Judge/Bradley Leadership School.
Tama-Troutman earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics in Personnel and Labor Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.
“On behalf of PSECU, our valued members, and our more than 850 employees who benefit daily from her high performance standards and attention to detail, I extend sincere congratulations to Cathy Tama-Troutman for this distinguished achievement,” said PSECU President Greg Smith. “The many changes that Cathy has helped put in place at PSECU will continue to influence the practices and direction of our Human Resources area for years to come.”
Cathy Tama-Troutman serves as PSECU’s Vice President of Human Resources.
Opened in 1934, PSECU was founded by 22 ordinary people who pooled $90 and made an extraordinary commitment to each other: To create a financial institution where collective resources benefit all members. Today, PSECU continues that legacy as Pennsylvania’s largest credit union, with $8 billion in assets, more than 500,000 members, and a convenient anytime, anywhere digital-first banking model. For more information about PSECU, visit psecu.com. PSECU has been recognized as a Best-In-State Credit Union by Forbes. View its Year In Review to learn how PSECU contributes to the greater good.