Toochin has been on the board of the Long Island City, N.Y.-based credit union since 1995. During that time, assets have increased from $636 million to $3 billion, membership has grown from 26,000 to 84,000, and the credit union expanded into Switzerland, Kenya, Italy and Austria.
Active in the community as well, he is credited with forging a partnership between United Nations Federal Credit Union and a local community development credit union. In addition, Toochin serves on the board of the SEKELO Projects Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides emotional and physical support for young people living with HIV/AIDS and those whose lives are affected by it.
The CUES director of the year award recognizes board members for excellence in credit union volunteerism. Judging is based on leadership positions held at a credit union, contributions to other credit unions and credit union organizations, professional development, community service and credit union performance during the nominee's time on the board.
As part of the recognition, Toochin will be profiled in Credit Union Management magazine, and CUES will donate $500 on his behalf to the Floating Hospital, which is dedicated to providing health care services to underprivileged children in the New York area.