Dick Heins, retired CEO of CUNA Mutual Group and Dick Ensweiler, president of the Texas Credit Union League will be recognized in the National Credit Union Foundation's Herb Wegner Awards next year.
The NCUF will recognize Heins with its award for lifetime achievement and Ensweiler for individual achievement.
"Throughout his life, when teaching his students and challenging the credit union community, Dick Heins has pushed us all to see beyond what is there and explore new possibilities," said NCUF Awards & Recognition Committee Chairman Bob Schumacher. "Dick is one of those unassuming gentleman who believes in ideas, then pushes himself and those around him to make the world a better place."
Of Ensweiler, Schumacher said he embodies timeless qualities of U.S. credit union movement founder Ed Filene, who always urged credit union advocates to "Keep purpose constant."
"Dick Ensweiler is a rare individual who has kept his purpose constant while advancing his career all the way from a teller at a small credit union to the chairman of our largest trade association," Schumacher reflected. "Every organization Dick has touched has grown to become more successful. His secret to success is simple: Live the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people;' practice all seven cooperative principles; and always act in the best interests of your members."