Ram Fam Reunion - Bill Nikolauk

ASU alumnus tells the story of his achievements in the world of finance

By Aubree Bailey
On October 12, 2017

Photo by Aubree Bailey
Bill Nikolauk poses with a Rams Football helmet. Nikolauk and 1st Community Federal Credit Union are avid supporters of ASU and ASU athletics

After graduating from high school in Eldorado, alumnus and current 1st Community Federal Credit Union of San Angelo President, Bill Nikolauk attended ASU, choosing the university because, "It was close to Eldorado and a good college."

Although he didn’t have a set career path in the beginning, he soon developed a passion for business.

"I was like most others, just went through and got my basics, then decided what to do. I wanted to be in the business world in some point; I just didn’t know where," Nikolauk said.

Upon obtaining a business degree concentrating on finance in 1984, Nikolauk began his career.

"I started off as a collector at what is now the Texas Trust. From collector, I went to loan officer- our main office was here in town. Then GTE’s world headquarters was moving to the Dallas Fort Worth area and opening branches there. I moved up there and opened two branches and was running three within about a year. That would’ve been in 1986."

However, Nikolauk soon came back to San Angelo.

"In 1987 I noticed that the credit union I’m at now had an opening for the Vice President and I applied and got that."

After gaining experience at First Community Credit Union San Angelo, he took on an even higher position in the organization.

"I became President in 1992. As far what my job is- the overall operations of the credit union. It goes anywhere from marketing to accounting to the teller area, everywhere basically."

Nikolauk enjoys this all-encompassing occupation, saying his favorite part is, "All of it. I like to be able to do a little bit of everything."

Nikolauk said ASU contributed to his success through the professors.

"I think we had some good professors that led me in the right direction. Dr. Carlo was a good one- he was in chemistry. It was not my chosen field, but he was still good."

The alumnus also said that the diversity of classes he took aided in his career, as well.

"A wide variety of classes I took while I was there, it wasn’t just pigeon-holed in one area."

Along with his successful career, Nikolauk plays a large part in the community and has a family.

"I’m married and have two children- a daughter who is 21 and a son who is 18, currently a senior at Wall High School. He is looking into going to school at ASU."

Nikolauk has this piece of advice for current students: "Whenever you do get a job, go into the job, don’t just do your work, look for something else to do. All you have to do is do your job and a little bit more and you will excel."

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