Business Journals Recognize Purnell-Hepburn, Jones


Two of American City Business Journals have recognized credit union leaders in the Northwest for their exceptional work.

Oregon Community Credit Union CEO Mandy Jones won the Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award as one of the area’s 25 Women of Influence in the Portland area, while Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union’s Senior VP and CFO, Michelle Purnell-Hepburn, has been named the 2011 CFO of the Year in the Small, Non-Profit category by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

“This is an outstanding achievement and it speaks volumes about the good work that both these women are doing with their credit unions,” said Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) CEO John Annaloro. “These awards illustrate the growing importance of credit unions during this time.”

Purnell-Hepburn joined Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union in 1999 and has played an instrumental role in the cooperative’s growth and success. In 2010, Michelle led the credit union to an extremely profitable year, ending with double the amount of planned income through cost containment, smart investment and responsible pricing. More than just a number cruncher though, Purnell-Hepburn is the lead singer for her band, the Approximations, who performed at the Association’s Convention last year.

“We are extremely proud that Michelle has earned this well-deserved distinction, which is especially meaningful in the current economic environment,” said Robert Harvey, CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. “It’s been said that success is a journey not a destination. It’s my continuing pleasure to be associated with Michelle and the other professionals at SMCU as we journey down the road of success at the credit union.”

Mandy Jones won the Orchid Award for Oregon Community Credit Union’s strong work within the community. OCCU has long-running partnerships with the area’s universities and the Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation. She has been a steady hand on the credit union. OCCU has grown to nearly $1 billion in assets, and over 100,000 members.

“We took the opportunity to nominate our CEO because she is an extraordinary role model not only for your women but for your professionals throughout our organization,” said Rosie Pryor, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Oregon Community Credit Union. “We are overjoyed that she is being recognized for her strong leadership skills,” Pryor added.

The awards will be presented next month.

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