Army service led Bob Mackey ’68 to a distinguished career in banking, during which he also made time to serve his community -which he now does full-time.
While at SHS Bob served on his class executive committee, was a student council officer and played basketball, baseball and football. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management at Ohio State University where he was a member of ROTC and earned the Distinguished Military Graduate Award. After two years in the Army, Bob joined a credit union in Topeka, Kansas. After five years during which he rose to vice president, Bob joined the Federal Home Loan (FHL)Bank of Topeka – one of 12 regional home loan banks that are cooperatives owned by more than 8,000 commercial banks, thrifts, credit unions and insurers and that make loans to the institutions that own them. In 20 years there Bob rose to senior vice president of operations. While at FHL Bank, he also graduated from the National School of Finance and Management in Fairfield, Connecticut. He then returned to retail banking, serving for five years as executive vice president of Capital City Bank in Topeka. After 30 years in the banking industry, Bob served two years as Controller of the State of Kansas. The position was responsible for all accounting procedures and payroll for the state. During his banking career, Bob had been active as a community volunteer, serving on the United Way board and as a community campaign chairman, helping to raise more than $5 million.
Before retiring in 2014, he served six years as CEO of Housing & Credit Counseling Inc. (HCCI) – a United Way agency in Topeka. The agency provides counseling to individuals to help them become financially stable adhering to a stringent budget and reducing debt. While at HCCI, Bob created the first certified Student Loan Counseling Program in the country. The program provides mentoring on contractual obligations and keeping current on outstanding loans. Now the National Foundation of Credit Counseling is encouraging other non-profit credit counseling organizations to develop programs similar to HCCI’s.
“Bob’s successful business career and active involvement in the community,” says a fellow alum, “serve as a shining example of the strong educational foundation provided by Shelby schools.”