More than 200 guests gathered at the Renaissance Washington during the GAC for CU Times’ 10th Annual Trailblazer Awards reception to mingle, make valuable connections, and most importantly recognize the shining stars of the credit union industry. This year, CU Times honored five executives, one volunteer and two credit unions for their outstanding service and leadership.

Bethpage FCU CEO Wayne Grossé, second from left, and senior vice president of Corporate Affairs Linda Armyn, second from left, accepts the CU Times Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Political Action. At left is CO-OP Financial Services senior vice president Caroline Willard, and at right is CU Times Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Sarah Snell Cooke.

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At center, Jonathan Patrick, chief lending officer/senior vice president for the $225 million, Knoxville, Tenn.-based UT FCU, accepts the Lending Officer of the Year Trailblazer Award from CU Direct President/CEO Tony Boutelle and Cooke.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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