Elevations Credit Union, Boulder, Colo., said that the Colorado Green Building Guild presented the credit union with its pioneer award at the build’s annual meeting. Elevations received this award for its energy loan program which provides home and business owners the ability to make their properties more energy efficient while saving money in the process. The pioneer award honors people or businesses who have demonstrated a commitment to building green and whose actions have made a difference to advance the craft of green building in the local and broader community. In 2012, Elevations in conjunction with Boulders Energy Smart program and the Denver Energy Challenge launched a suite of low-interest energy efficiency loans available to both businesses and homeowners. Energy loans are used for a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades including insulation, air sealing, heating, cooling, water heating, windows, roofing and solar PV. The program launched in August of 2012 and through yearend it generated $1 million in energy loans.
First Tech Federal Credit Union, Mountain View, Calif., announced that the Credit Union Executive Society recently honored John Weidert, First Tech FCU chairman of the board, with the Volunteer Hall of Fame 2012 award. Weidert, a member of the credit union’s board for more than 25 years, has contributed to the growth of the organization from 32,000 members to more than 365,000 during his tenure. The Volunteer Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have shown dedication to self-development, encouragement of full board development and who have provided ideas for the advancement of all credit union boards. As a board volunteer for 28 years, Weidert has advocated for both personal and organizational growth by encouraging board members to attend conferences and industry events that help them stay up-to-date with current events, trends and matters relevant to the credit union industry. Weidert had a long career at Hewlett Packard, where he led the Integrated Systems Division. He previously served on the board of the Hewlett Packard Retirement Club and is currently serving as its membership chairman.
Holy Rosary Credit Union, Rochester, N.H., announced Christopher Volpe, a senior at Spaulding High School and teller at the credit union, was recently awarded the school’s DAR Good Citizen award by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Volpe, who is Spaulding’s lone award recipient, was elected to receive the honor by his teachers and peers based on the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism he has demonstrated in the community and in the classroom. Volpe is now eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship Contest for the opportunity to receive a cash award in the amount of at least $250 (or a savings bond) and a special State DAR Good Citizens pin and certificate. If chosen as a national winner, he will be invited to Washington, D.C., in April to attend the DAR Continental Congress and will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship.
Mountain America Credit Union, West Jordan, Utah, announced that senior wealth adviser Michael Blackham has been named one of the top 50 bank advisers in the United States by Bank Investment Consultant magazine. The list recognizes a small and distinguished group of bank and credit union advisors from across the country who have excelled in a variety of key investment management areas. Blackham’s honor follows Mountain America being named LPL Financial’s Program of the Year in 2011, recognizing the credit union as having the best of 750 investment programs. With Mountain America since 2007, Blackham began his career with JPMorgan Chase & Co., gaining experience as both a private banker and a wealth manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, having attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
Navy Federal Credit Union, Vienna, Va., announced that Fortune magazine named the credit union to its 2013 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This marks Navy Federal’s third appearance on the list, having first been recognized in 2008 and again in 2012. Navy Federal remains the only credit union ever selected for the list. “This is an important honor for us. I believe it recognizes the enthusiasm and dedication our employees have for our mission to serve the men and women of the Department of Defense and their families,” said Cutler Dawson, president/CEO. In 2012, the Navy Federal workforce grew to over 10,000 employees on its three campuses–Vienna, Va., Winchester, Va. and Pensacola, Fl.–and 229 branches worldwide. “We value employees who want to be part of a winning team and will embrace our corporate culture,” continued Dawson. “We return that dedication by providing outstanding training, opportunities for career advancement and excellent benefits.”
Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, Notre Dame, Ind., announced that two of the credit union’s investment advisers were recognized for their 2012 achievements at Exemplar Financial Network’s annual mid-winter conference in Chicago. The certificate of excellence honor, awarded by the Exemplar Financial Network Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction Team, was presented to Bill Bollinger. Bollinger’s achievements earned him the opportunity to share ideas and sit on Exemplar’s Stories of Success representative panel at this year’s Conference. Another Notre Dame FCU standout, Cory Marlow, received the rising star award. This award is given to representatives who are newer to Exemplar’s region. In order to receive this award, advisers must be nominated by Exemplar’s regional staff. Both Bollinger and Marlow excel in their Investment Services positions at Notre Dame FCU and are committed to building long-term relationships and providing unbiased, intelligent guidance that consider individual member needs and objectives.
Royal Credit Union, Eau Claire, Wis., announced that 32 members were recently awarded the lifetime volunteer award. Together, these thirty-two volunteers have given over 24,500 hours of their time to our communities. To become a lifetime volunteer, a total of 240 hours and 5 years of service must to be given to our communities. The new lifetime volunteers honored this year were: Jason Bischel, Lorraine Boos, Gloria Brietzke, Phyllis Carney, Gilbert Clausen, Kathy Fandel, Harold Freid, Sandra Genett, Joe Girard, Cathy Hemenway, Marnie Hersrud, Andrea Hillerud, Cecilia Ihlenfeld, Charles Ivey, Muriel Magadance, Lew Mallow, Karen McDonnell, William McDonnell, David Mecikalski, Darcy Parr, Buddy Parr, Kitty Pille, Fred Rieper, Marlys Root, DeWayne Schlewitz, Kristina Schwartz, Marian Solomakos, Jo Stolp, Janet Sylte, Joan Wallin, Gladys Webb, and Lloyd Ziebell. RCU now has a total of 288 Lifetime Volunteers. They continue to dedicate their time to volunteering and deserve to be commended for the work they do for our communities.
Telhio Credit Union, Columbus, Ohio, announced that Daniel Jurcich, a business lender at the credit union, received the lender of the year award from the Ohio Statewide Development Corp. The OSDC is certified by the Small Business Administration and authorized by the Ohio Development Services Agency to provide small business loans under their programs. OSDC works in partnership with area lenders to provide long-term, fixed rate, low down payment financing for expanding small businesses. Jurcich was chosen as lender of the year based on the two highest dollar amounts of SBA 504 loans that were approved through the OSDC. Jurcich has been a business lender with Telhio Credit Union since 2011.
Ventura County Credit Union, Ventura, Calif., announced that the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues recently named Ventura County Credit Union President/CEO Joe Schroeder as recipient of the unsung hero award. The award honors deserving individuals within the credit union industry with at least 20 years of service who also have made significant contributions in the community. Schroeder was selected by the 2012 league awards committee for the honor for his two-plus decades of credit union leadership experience, including serving as president/CEO at three of Southern California’s largest credit unions. He has served on the board of CO-OP Financial Services and the audit committee of Financial Service Centers Cooperative Inc. (now part of CO-OP Shared Branching). Schroeder was a founding member of the Marketing Association of California (now Marketing Association of Credit Unions), and served as president. He is currently a member of the leagues’ government affairs committee and has served on CUNA’s consumer protection subcommittee. He was recently added to the board of Member Business Lending out of Salt Lake City. He is also the vice chair of FOODShare, Ventura County’s local food bank.