Frank Berrish, Michael Connery Join Hall of Leaders
Two longtime New York credit union executives have been added to the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders, the Credit Union Association of New York said.
They are Michael Connery, retired president/CEO of the $3.8 billion United National FCU in Long Island City, and Frank Berrish, president/CEO of the $3.1 billion Visions FCU in Endicott, the CUANY said.
Both were cited for their leadership and impact on their credit unions and the industry.
Berrish has served on various national panels, including the Fed’s Thrift Institution Advisory Council (2005-2007), and with CUNA and NAFCU. His credit union has grown from $25 million to nearly $4 billion in his nearly 35 years of leadership there.
Connery, in his nearly 25 years at UNFCU before retiring in January, “led one of the most progressive and unique credit unions in the country,” the CUANY said, as the credit union grew from $233 million to nearly $4 billion.
His credit union was the first financial institution in the country to offer the chip-and-PIN cards required in many overseas markets, including much of Europe and Asia. He also was a board member for Empire and Members United corporates and was inducted into the CUES Hall of Fame in 2010.
“Frank and Michael’s career accomplishments, as well as their dedication to and involvement with the credit union movement and its ‘people helping people’ philosophy, has inspired many,” said William J. Mellin, CUANY president/CEO.
Credit Union House serves as an industry center on Capitol Hill. It opened in 2001 and its Hall of Leaders debuted in 2008.