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Thomas Renz, president and chief development officer for the $32 million Commodore Perry FCU, didn’t decide to become an activist when he appealed the credit union’s  2011 exam. Instead, the Credit Union Times 2013 Political Action Trailblazer Award winner contended that  he’s always been one.

“One of my board members was a high school teacher of mine, and she will attest to fact that I’ve been speaking my mind since old enough to do so, for better or worse,” he said. “I’ve learned through hard knocks that sometimes I need to have prudence. But to the core, that’s who I am.  For me, it stems from what’s right and wrong, and if it’s right, it’s worth fighting for.”

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