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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. – In an a fast changing of the guard, John S. Ruffin has been named the new president/CEO of $800 million Robins Federal Credit Union replacing Ed “Buck” Levins who served at the helm for 16 years. Ruffin, a former RFCU executive vice president since 1997, previously worked as NCUA’s Region V Director for 12 years for the Atlanta and Austin, Texas regions. He retired from NCUA in 1996. Ruffin currently serves on several committees at the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates including as chairman of the league’s 14-member regulatory response committee, which assists staff in “forging credit union consensus related to existing and proposed regulations at the state and federal levels.” The Memphis native is also a member of the league’s CU Progress Fund Advisory Council formed to identify effective fundraising techniques. At press time, Ruffin was visiting branches out of town and was not available for comment. In the summer before his retirement, former NCUA Chairman Norman E. D’Amours praised Ruffin for his “efficient, even-handed management style and personality” and his “loyalty among staff and respect within the credit union community” and his “soft-spoken tact and good humor.” In late December 2003, Robins FCU’s Board elected not to renew former Levins’ contract for 2004. He had served as president/CEO since 1987 and had been with the credit union since 1961. RFCU serves more than 126,000 members.

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