Credit Union Execs Celebrate Trailblazer Awards
Bethpage FCU CEO Wayne Grossé and SVP of Corporate Affairs Linda Armyn accepted the CU Times Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Political Action. The credit union was among the first to successfully convince a member of Congress to sponsor a supplemental capital bill, working with Rep. Peter King of New York.
At center, Jonathan Patrick, UT FCU chief lending officer/SVP, accepts the Lending Officer of the Year Trailblazer Award from CU Direct President/CEO Tony Boutelle and CU Times Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Sarah Snell Cooke.
Marketing Executive of the Year Cathy Graham, VP of marketing at Desert Schools FCU, shows off her award to a colleague.
Symitar's Ed Miller shares a casual moment with IT Executive of the Year David Cooper, VP of information systems at Charlotte Metro CU.
CU Times' Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Service to the Underserved went to Tuscaloosa CU. It was accepted by President/CEO Tommy Cobb.
James Barbre has spent his adult life in service to credit unions, earning the Associated CU board member the Volunteer of the Year award.
PrimeWay FCU President/CEO Annette Zimmerman, CU Times' CEO of the Year, hangs out with friends during the Trailblazer Awards reception.
CU Times' Trailblazer Awards reception offers a great opportunity for fun and networking.
No crashing the Trailblazer Awards reception. The Cooperative Trust joined the fun and mingled with the seasoned executives.
NCUA heavy hitters attended the Trailblazer awards, including from left Chief of Staff Steve Bosack, Chairman Debbie Matz, Vice Chairman Rick Metsger and his Senior Policy Advisor John Radway. Board Member Mark McWatters was also in attendance with former NCUA Chairman Michael Fryzel.
SVP Caroline Willard, representing event sponsor COOP Financial Services, helped kick off the evening's festivities with Cooke and CU Times Executive Editor Heather Anderson.
Second to the people at the CU Times Trailblazer reception is the food. Or the bar.