Credit Union Times 2014 Trailblazer Awards
Credit Union Times is very excited to recognize the best the credit union community has to offer with our 9th annual Trailblazer awards. Apply today for recognition by the nation's leading source for credit union news and analysis. The deadline for applications is Jan. 10, 2014. Don't wait until the last minute!
Hundreds of credit union professionals turn out each year for our Trailblazer awards reception to help honor the top credit union professionals and volunteers. Credit Union Times will host the 2014 reception on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Renaissance in Washington, D.C, during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference. Read more about past Trailblazer Award winners and take in the scenes from the 2013 Trailblazer Awards reception.
The Trailblazer Service to the Underserved winner, the $61 million Lower Valley Credit Union, uses auto loans to provide opportunities for the underserved.
Trailblazer Outstanding Political Action winner, the $822 million Credit Union ONE, fought skimmers by spearheading new state legislation.
Trailblazer CEO of the Year Joe Thomas, Jr. saved a man from his burning HQ, fine tuned his recovery plan and achieved 50% loan growth.
Credit unions, volunteers, corporates, CUSOs and vendors have until Friday to nominate themselves, a co-worker or a colleague for this Credit Union Times annual award.
Past Trailblazer Award winners share their greatest concerns in 2014. Deadline to submit nominations for this year's contest is today.
WASHINGTON — Winners were feted and old friends greeted at Credit Union Times' Trailblazers reception Tuesday night at the GAC. (Photos by John Cooke)
Thomas Renz, president and chief development officer for the $32 million Commodore Perry FCU, didn’t decide to become an activist when he appealed the credit union’s 2011 exam. Instead, the Credit Union Times 2013 Political Action Trailblazer Award winner contended that he’s always been one.
If you ask Carroll Beach his age, he’ll likely request a little clarity. “Is that chronologically or mentally? Chronologically, I’m 73. Mentally, I try to be aware of the new changes. I like to be aware and adapt. If you don’t do that, it will make your life miserable,” Beach suggested.
Not all trailblazers strike out for the frontiers. Sometimes blazing trails means leading people back through terrain they thought they knew in order to rediscover treasures they forgot they lost.
Like many executives, Chad Graves begins his day by reading The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and his local newspaper. Only Graves is not a CEO or CFO, he’s the chief technologist at Ent Federal Credit Union.