BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Calling himself a "lucky pioneer in the credit union movement" with a long record of service to state leagues and CUNA, Gary B. Wolter is retiring in mid-2009 as president/CEO of the Alabama Credit Union League.

"Look this is hard for me and it is emotional," declared Wolter, who has served at the league helm for 42 years, racking up a longevity mark among trade group managers in the industry.

Often described as one of the industry's most dedicated and passionate servants, Wolter said he will step down in 14 months giving the trade group plenty of advance notice so "it will not be rushed in defining the process of finding a successor," said the league.

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