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Four credit union pioneers from the Northwest were honored by the Oregon and Washington Credit Union Foundations the Summit Awards Dinner at the 2011 Convention and Annual Business Meeting. Click on the name of a winner below to read an Anthem article spotlighting their contributions to the credit union movement.
The Young Credit Union Professional of the Year Award is designed to engage, promote, and recognize the next generation of credit union professionals in the Northwest credit union movement.
Brett Wooden was named Young Credit Union Professional of the Year for his work integrating technology into member service. Specifically, his use of the iPad—which he even used during his acceptance speech—helped revolutionize the way Unitus Community Credit Union attracts and engages new members.
The Credit Union Professional of the Year Award recognizes excellence within the Northwest credit union system.
Gene Pelham was honored as the Credit Union Professional of the Year. The Rogue Federal Credit Union CEO emphasizes community service and is known for hands-on involvement and accessibility to employees, and his vision in working to facilitate the merger that created the NWCUA helped to significantly advance the movement regionally and improve resources for member credit unions.
The Mark of Excellence Award recognizes a credit union professional for significant contributions to the credit union movement over a sustained period of 25 years or more.
Gary Oakland was recognized for his years of service at the helm of BECU with the prestigious Mark of Excellence Award. His colleagues lauded him for leading the credit union through a number of challenges while maintaining a focus on member and public service.
The Credit Union Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments representing extraordinary time and effort as a credit union volunteer.
Steve Gray, recently-retired Chairman of the Board for OnPoint Community Credit Union, was presented with the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year award. Gray joined the credit union’s board when it was known as Portland Teacher’s Credit Union, and under his leadership, the credit union transitioned from $350 million in assets to nearly $3 billion.
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