OnPoint’s Steve Gray named “Volunteer of the Year” by Oregon and Washington Credit Union Foundations


September 15, 2011

Lynn Heider
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Gray is one of four industry leaders to be honored at Summit Awards program

Beaverton OR. — Steve Gray, recently retired Chairman of the Board of OnPoint Community Credit Union has been named “Volunteer of the Year” in the Summit Awards program, jointly hosted by the Oregon Credit Union Foundation and the Washington Credit Union Foundation. Gray will be honored at the Summit Awards dinner on September 21st at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Gray, who joined the board in 1989 when the credit union was known as Portland Teacher’s Credit Union, served as chairman since 1996.

The “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 outstanding accomplishments, which includes their time and effort in support and promotion of the credit union philosophy.

Gray has helped lead OnPoint CCU during an explosive growth period. 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 Oregon counties 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. He has left a true living legacy,” said OnPoint President/CEO Rob Stuart.

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 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.

In addition to the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Oregon and Washington Foundations will present The Mark of Excellence award to an outstanding credit union professional serving the industry for 25 years or more, the Credit Union Professional of the Year award and the Young Credit Union Professional of the Year award. The Summit Awards program will be the crowning event at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Convention and Annual Business Meeting. Interested media may contact Lynn Heider, AVP Communications, lheider@nwcua.org.


About the Summit Awards program:
The Summit Awards recognize leaders who advance the Northwest credit union movement.   Individuals are honored in four categories including Distinguished Credit Union Volunteer, Credit Union Professional of the Year, Young Credit Union Professional of the Year and the Mark of Excellence for 25 years or more of service.

About the Northwest Credit Union Association (nwcua.org):
The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) is the not-for-profit trade association serving Oregon and Washington’s 200 credit unions and their 4.2 million members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to its members.

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