Credit union CEOs Art and Mary Wood flank Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) at the dedication of his new office. The Woods have hosted fundraisers for Bilirakis and other candidates.

Credit union events at the Republican National Convention happened outside the walls of the Tampa Bay Times Forum last week, but two credit union CEOs were among those inside the convention, listening to the speeches and roll call.

Art Wood, president/CEO of the $266 Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union of Tampa, was an alternate delegate at the convention by virtue of his current position as chairman of the Hillsborough County Republican Party, one of the largest in Florida and the country. Wood’s wife, Mary Ott Wood, planned to attend the convention on a guest pass. Mary Wood is also a credit union leader, currently president/CEO of the $80 million Florida West Coast Credit Union of Brandon, Fla., and chair of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions.

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