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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Texas Credit Union League honored credit union veterans Paul Mitchell and Jim Bryan during the league’s 70th Annual Meeting and Expo by inducting them into the 2004 Texas Credit Union Hall of Fame. The Texas Credit Union Hall of Fame honors individuals who reflect a history of service to Texas credit unions. According to the League, Mitchell and Bryan not only reflect a rich history of service, but also demonstrate outstanding commitment and passion for the credit union movement. Mitchell and Bryan were recognized for their exemplary contributions. Mitchell’s career in the credit union movement spanned more than 40 years. Numerous credit unions benefited from Mitchell’s service including Houston Telephone CU, Weingarten EFCU, Houston Municipal ECU, Houston Postal CU, Ethyl Employees CU and DuPont Laporte FCU, from which he retired as president in 2002. Mitchell also served in various volunteer capacities for local, state and national organizations, including the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions, TCUL, TCUL Services, Members Insurance, Southwest Corporate FCU, and Town North Bank. Other achievements include his roles as director of the Credit Union National Association, advisory director for the Federal Reserve and chairman of the Bayshore Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, LaPorte Main Street Association named Paul Mitchell its Man of the Year. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Bryan started what would be a 12-year career in accounting and finance at Texas Instruments. He then was offered a position as vice president of Texans (formerly Texins) CU in Richardson. Two years later, he was promoted to president and CEO, a position he held for nearly 30 years until retirement in 2003. Organizations that have benefited from Bryan’s involvement, commitment, and expertise include the Dallas Chapter of Credit Unions, Town North Bank, TCUL, Southwest Corporate FCU, CUNA, Filene Research Institute and the CUNA Mutual Group. In the 1990s, Bryan also was instrumental in rallying Texas credit unions to defend their status as non-profit organizations. -

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