The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association announced Wednesday it has selected a new leader from outside the financial services industry. Patrick Conway, a trade association veteran and a longtime insider in the Keystone state’s political arena, was named the league’s new president/CEO.
Conway will replace Jim McCormack, who is retiring Dec. 31, ending a 42-year career in the industry. He will remain as a consultant to the association’s board of directors through November 2014.
Conway joins PCUA from the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, where he served as president/CEO for the past 12 years.
Prior to that, he served as president/CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County. Conway began his career in the district office of Congressman Bill Clinger, served as executive director of the Governor’s Action Team under Governor Tom Ridge, and ran for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 5th district.
“We are extremely pleased and fortunate to welcome Pat to the Pennsylvania credit union movement,” said PCUA Board Chair Maria LaVelle. “While there were many strongly qualified candidates for the position, Pat’s leadership skills, association experience, and political involvement make him a great fit for moving PCUA forward.”
Conway is PCUA’s 5th CEO since its inception in 1934.
I feel honored and privileged to be given the opportunity to lead such a strong organization as PCUA,” Conway said. “This organization has a strong tradition of advocating on behalf of Pennsylvania credit unions and for providing solutions to credit unions of all sizes. This is an exciting time for Pennsylvania’s credit union movement and an exciting time for me personally as we continue to grow and thrive in what is clearly a challenging environment.”
Conway will join PCUA on Oct. 28 and will work with McCormack through the end of the year.
“Our Association is a national leader because of the strength of our board of directors, staff, and member credit unions,” McCormack said. “The association board went through a rigorous process of vetting potential CEO candidates and in the end made a very strong choice in Pat Conway. I look forward to working with him in the coming months.”