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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Credit Union Times’ Correspondent Heather Anderson asked attendees of the California and Nevada League CU Leadership Summit what qualities they are looking for in the successor to League CEO David Chatfield. Here’s what they had to say: What qualities do you feel the league should be looking for in Dave Chatfield’s replacement? I feel that the new president has to be a very dynamic person and have some sort of background in dealing with young people. We need to get youth involved, because that’s the only way we’ll survive.” Ramon Castellano, Board Member Mission City Federal Credit Union Santa Clara, Calif. $51 million “They’ll need somebody who is a people person who pays attention to what the people want. Somebody who can bring the majority together to narrow down the many ideas that come through and get a consensus. ” Dick Johnson, retired President WesCorp “ We need a good communicator who has passion and integrity – it sounds like I’m looking for a Boy Scout! The league needs someone who’s willing to get out and talk to people in the league, including the volunteers, and engage them in political advocacy issues. We also need someone who has the courage to stand up to the political situation du jour.” Shirley Krohn, Board Chair Spectrum FCU San Francisco, Calif. $110 million “Definitely leadership qualities are going to be very important and I think someone who can make sure small and large credit unions are united is important. The new person needs to be similar to Dave in that they’re politically in touch and have a good reputation in the political system. That’s important today. Creativity will be real important, too, in how we do things in the future, like the political advocacy campaign the league is doing, which I think is very creative and trend setting for the industry.” Michael Pardon, President/CEO Capstone FCU Aliso Viejo, Calif. $35 million `The key will be for the new leader to continue to do the kinds of things the league has shifted to recently, like the public advocacy campaign. So many leagues are spending too much time on business activities that sustain the league, but regulatory advocacy and public advocacy will sustain credit unions. CUNA focuses on those issues on a national level, but at the state level, we need the league.” Henry Wirz, President/CEO SAFE CU North Highlands, Calif. $1.2 billion “The league will need someone with a lot of vision, strong leadership and adaptable because times are changing. And of course, we need someone fun like Dave.” Bernie Titus, President/CEO Service Plus CU Riverside, Calif. $89 million “What the league really needs is another Dave. Someone who has the qualities he possesses: character, integrity, leadership, and someone with a firm sense of what the industry should be, not just what it is today.” Gary Perez, CEO USC Credit Union Los Angeles, Calif. $250 million “We need somebody who is charismatic and personable. If you approach Dave, he will treat you with the same respect whether you’re a teller or a CEO. The new person will need to do the same.” Rob Greaff, CEO Antioch Schools FCU Antioch, Calif. $28 million “The new leader has to be dynamic and very strong in the political arena. The banker’s attack and the threat of credit union taxation has never been stronger.” Rick Hanan, CEO SMW 104 CU San Leandro, Calif. $66 million “The bottom line for me is the preservation of and respect for smaller credit unions. It seems like larger credit unions are taking control of not only the league’s function, but also in the direction it grows. The league has some great programs for small credit unions, but making sure it maintains that member connection with all credit unions will be crucial not only in battling the ABA, but also protecting what we have built so far in the league. They have a very competent search committee; I think they’ll do a good job.” Eric Bruen, President/CEO Searles Lake Community FCU Ridgecrest, Calif. $15 million

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