Bob harvey Jr.
Bob retired in 2011 after 20 years as the President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. Born in Boston, Bob began his banking career in Los Angeles where he held senior positions with Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Lockheed Federal Credit Union. When Bob and his wife moved from Pasadena, California to Seattle in 1992, they were very excited about their new life.
The move to Seattle turned out to be an excellent decision. Bob was recognized as Credit Union Executive of the year by the Credit Union Executives Society in 2003 and in 2004 he was added to the Credit Union Society’s hall of fame. During his career as SMCU CEO, he also served as Chairman of the Washington Credit Union League, Chairman of the Corporate Credit Union, Wescorp, and Chairman of the African American Credit Union Coalition.
In addition to his credit union career, Bob supported his community as a Seattle Police Department Reserve Officer from1994 until his retirement from SPD in 2015. He had been a patrol officer in SPD’s Gang Unit for 14 years. Previously he had patrolled for 10 years as a LA County Reserve Deputy Sheriff. Though retired as a patrol officer, Bob remains as a Tenor Drummer in the Police Department’s Pipes and Drums Band.
Bob currently serves as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee for the $2Billion Seattle City Employees Retirement System. He is a board member and secretary for The Breakfast Group, an organization dedicated to keeping high school African American boys on the right path through an emphasis in education and social responsibility.
Bob has earned a BA in Mathematics and a MBA in Banking. After college, Bob felt the next step was to fulfill his military service. Bob joined the Marine Corps and graduated from Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lieutenant. After graduation, Bob was assigned to language school for nine months to learn Vietnamese. Before beginning his overseas tour, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He returned to the United States in 1971 and began his banking career. After his three years of active duty, Bob joined a Marine Corps Reserve Unit in Los Angeles and was promoted to Captain before ending his military career in 1979.
Bob and his wife live in Seattle and have four adult children and ten grandchildren. Bob’s wife is also a retired Credit Union Executive and they love to cruise and travel both nationally and internationally. When not travelling and spending quality time with their grandkids, they enjoy bike riding, old cars, and motorcycle touring.