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The Four Pillars of Soundness – Ken Bator pt 1

The Four Pillars of Soundness for Supporting Law Enforcement – Ken Bator pt 1


Many of you know my story. I am a 12 year active Army Veteran with 9 years enlisted and 3 years as a Commissioned Cavalry Officer. After the military, I had my own business for about 7 years before I fulfilled a life long goal and became a Law Enforcement Officer for the State of Maryland. So I have a special place in my heart for our Veterans and also for supporting our Law Enforcement brothers and sisters out there protecting us each and every day.

Many people do not realize some of the pressures police officers face on a daily basis. Every single day they leave home may the their last. Every car they approach on a traffic stop may be a mass murderer who is trying to make their escape, or a drug addict who just committed armed robbery. The cop pulls them over for a burned out headlight, but the person driving the car thinks, “They’re onto me…” Traffic stops are one of the most dangerous forms of activities for law enforcement – along with domestic disturbance calls.

But all of this is accomplished, willingly, by the men and women serving this nation in law enforcement. At the same time, there are unique things that must be considered in managing the financial affairs of the men and women in blue. Car loans, mortgages, credit lines, direct deposit, credit cards, etc. (only to name a few).

But most banks and credit unions are not geared to the needs of the law enforcement community. Typically, they are “general” in nature and try to serve everyone. This works…to an extent. But what if there was a unique organization that served the needs of the law enforcement personnel. That would be great, right?

What if there was an organization that specialized in the sharing of ideas and helping the front line organizations, especially credit unions, coordinate their benefit programs. This would help those that are helping those that are serving our communities.

Well, my guest today, is part of such an organization. The Police Officers’ Credit Union Association is where institutions that serve the law enforcement world can find resources and support.  And they do not need to be large, multi-billion-dollar, multi-branch organizations either. The Police Officers’ Credit Union Association helps organizations of any size.  The Police Officers’ Credit Union Association not only provides a forum for networking and the sharing of ideas, but also helps to create avenues for true collaboration. This collaboration provides the organizations that are serving the LEO community the ability to develop revenue-generating programs and business-growth programs in order to serve the LEO families at a higher level.

Ken Bator has more than 20 years of experience in helping organizations reach new levels of effectiveness by helping them to align their brand, their culture and their strategy. Ken hosts two podcasts himself. The “Beyond the Call” podcast for Law Enforcement Professionals and the “Cool Culture Culture” podcast for service based businesses. Ken was born and raised in Chicago. He has a BS in Finance and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from DePaul University. He is the founder of both, the Bator Training & Consulting firm and also the Police Officers’ Credit Union Association. Ken is the author of “The Pocket Guide to Strategic Planning: The 90 Day Quick Fix for the Business Owner or Manager” and also the book “The Formula for Business Success = B+C+S,” both of which can be accessed through the links in the show notes below.

Help me welcome to the program, Ken Bator!

Ken, thank you so much for coming on today, brother!

Ken, I always start off with this first question right off the bat with every guest. Other than that brief bio I just shared, tell us in your own words, “Who is Ken Bator?”

Ken, I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us…I especially want to thank you for helping out the law enforcement community.

How did you come to the point of helping Credit Unions that serve the law enforcement community?

What is the actual Vision for POCUA?

What makes a Police Officer’s Credit Union different from a traditional credit union?

How do your association members collaborate to improve services across the credit union sphere for LEO’s?

Are all of the speaker’s CEO’s from other credit unions and speak on credit union topics?




“Beyond the Call” Podcast:

“Cool Culture” Podcast:

Book: The Pocket Guide To Strategic Planning on Amazon

Book:  The Formula for Business Success on Amazon


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