Four Industry Leaders Honored at Summit Awards Dinner

Four credit union pioneers from the Northwest were honored by the Oregon and Washington Credit Union Foundations Thursday night at the Summit Awards Dinner, providing a celebratory finish for the inaugural Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) Convention and Annual Business Meeting.

Brett Wooden was named Young Credit Union Professional of the Year for his work integrating technology into member service. Specifically, his use of the iPad—which he even used during his acceptance speech—helped revolutionize the way Unitus Community Credit Union attracts new members.

Gene Pelham was honored as the Credit Union Professional of the Year. The Rogue Federal Credit Union CEO emphasizes community service and is known for hands-on involvement and accessibility to employees, and his vision in working to facilitate the merger that created the NWCUA helped to significantly advance the movement regionally and improve resources for member credit unions.

Steve Gray, recently-retired Chairman of the Board for OnPoint Community Credit Union, was presented with the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year award. Gray joined the credit union’s board when it was known as Portland Teacher’s Credit Union, and under his leadership, the credit union transitioned from $350 million in assets to nearly $3 billion.

Gary Oakland was recognized for his years of service at the helm of BECU with the prestigious Mark of Excellence Award. His colleagues lauded him for leading the credit union through a number of challenges while maintaining a focus on member and public service. Embedded below is a video tribute put together by Oakland’s friends and colleagues in celebration of the award.



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