Veteran OnPoint Chairman Named Distinguished Volunteer of the Year

Steve Gray, recently-retired Chairman of the Board for OnPoint Community Credit Union, has won Summit Awards honors as Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. Gray, who joined the board in 1989 when the credit union was known as Portland Teacher’s Credit Union, began serving as chairman in 1996. He will be honored at the Summit Awards dinner, hosted jointly by the Washington Credit Union Foundation and the Oregon Credit Union Foundation on Sept. 22, 2011, at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash.

The Distinguished Volunteer of the Year award is the highest honor that can be presented to a credit union volunteer in the northwest region. It gives recognition to a volunteer for their outstanding accomplishments, which includes their time and effort in support and promotion of the credit union philosophy.

Gray has helped lead OnPoint CCU during a period of explosive growth. When he joined the board, OnPoint had $350 million in assets. Today, at nearly $3 billion, the credit union is a major financial institution serving 13 counties in Oregon and two in Washington.

“Steve Gray gave countless hours of time, effort and energy to OnPoint, which in turn created great opportunities for existing and future members,” said OnPoint President/CEO Rob Stuart. “He has left a true living legacy.”

Gray has been very active in credit union advocacy during his tenure, attending nine Government Affairs Conferences in Washington, D.C., as well as multiple continuing education programs throughout the country. He has received virtually every CUNA volunteer award during the course of his career.

Gray was instrumental in establishing new governance policies at the credit union during his time as chairman. He was also respected for strong, focused leadership as board chair.

“As my first board chair at OnPoint, Steve Gray set the example for policy governance but was also an amazing coach, gifted communicator and an amazing support channel,” Stuart said.

In his professional life, Gray is a leading real estate broker serving the Portland and Vancouver area with the John L. Scott real estate firm.

The Summit Awards program will also present the Mark of Excellence award to BECU’s Gary Oakland for more than 25 years of exceptional service to the credit union industry. Professional of the Year honors will be presented to Rogue Federal Credit Union’s Gene Pelham for his embodiment of the credit union spirit and leadership. Unitus Community Credit Union’s Brett Wooden has been named Young Credit Union Professional of the Year for use of emerging technology to provide better service to members.

The Summit Awards dinner will be the crowning event at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Convention and Annual Business Meeting.

“All four of these professionals advanced the credit union movement, and their members are certainly better served for their exceptional service,” said NWCUA CEO John Annaloro. “They are world-class leaders and innovators deserving of these honors.”


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