Thank you for tuning in to episode 68 of The CUInsight Network, with your host, Lauren Culp, Publisher & CEO of CUInsight.com. In The CUInsight Network, we take a deeper dive with the thought leaders who support the credit union community. We discuss issues and challenges facing credit unions and identify best practices to learn and grow together.
My guest on today’s show is Mark Alguard, President & Director of Client Strategy at Momentum. Mark shares his career journey that led him to his current role. The team at Momentum takes a people-centric approach to delivering buildings that help credit unions thrive. People-centric spaces build a solid foundation and foster connections for staff and members.
During our conversation, Mark and I chat about creating workspaces that will help drive organizations forward. Mark talks about having work-life balance without sacrificing the collaborative nature of teams. Listen as Mark shares insights about defining productivity, building hybrid work experiences, and protecting team culture and engagement.
As we wrap up the episode, Mark talks about his warm-hearted Grandpa Jack, his admiration for well-made furniture, and his go-to place to take people when visiting Chicago. Enjoy my conversation with Mark Alguard!
Show notes from this episode:
What an amazing interview with Mark! Check out all the exceptional work his team is doing over at Momentum here.
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Historic event mentioned: COVID-19 pandemic
Historic event mentioned: Great Recession
Shout-out: National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union
Shout-out: 3Rivers Federal Credit Union
Place mentioned: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Place mentioned: Pittsburgh, PA
Shout-out: Andy Jassy
Shout-out: The New York Times
Shout-out: Mark’s Grandpa Jack
Place mentioned: North Carolina
Shout-out: West Elm
Shout-out: Pottery Barn
Place mentioned: California
Place mentioned: Arizona
Place mentioned: Palm Springs, CA
Place mentioned: Seattle, WA
Place mentioned: Chicago, IL
Shout-out: Merchandise Mart
Place mentioned: Holland, MI
Book mentioned: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
In this episode:
[00:47] – Mark Alguard thought he’d be an architect or zoologist growing up.
[03:33] – Momentum builds spaces for credit unions to thrive. Which factor do they focus on most?
[06:27] – How does someone define productivity, and how does that translate to team work?
[08:10] – Is it easy for teams to build hybrid work experiences?
[10:23] – Mark talks about DEI in relation to spaces and the built environment.
[13:20] – How can built environments enhance the purpose and sense of belonging people feel at work?
[15:29] – Mark talks about having work-life balance without sacrificing the collaborative nature of teams.
[18:15] – Mark says he enjoys the craftsmanship of well-made furniture.
[19:53] – Where does Mark like to visit during Seattle winters?
[21:10] – Does Mark have tips for creating a better work-life balance?
[23:26] – Mark reminds everyone to be more open minded and curious about workplace experiences.