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Thad Woodard
Jim Blaine

Two historical antagonists, one a banking advocate and the other an outspoken credit union executive, joined forces when they traveled together to Washington to meet with federal banking regulators to talk about what they considered to be a crisis in community access to financial services.

Thad Woodard, pictured at far left, will retire as 37-year president/CEO of the North Carolina Bankers Association on Jan. 1, 2015.

Jim Blaine, pictured to the right of Woodard, has served as president of the $28.6 billion State Employees’ Credit Union, in Raleigh, N.C., for 35 years.

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