Rogue’s Gene Pelham wins Foundations’ Credit Union Professional of the Year Award


August 30, 2011
Lynn Heider
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Washington and Oregon Foundations will present Summit Awards to four industry leaders

Seattle, WA. —  Gene Pelham, a 26-year veteran of the credit union industry, will be honored by the Oregon and Washington Credit Union Foundations as the Credit Union Professional of the Year.  The Foundations are co-hosting the Summit Awards Program where Pelham will be recognized on September 22nd in Tacoma.

The Credit Union Professional of the Year award is bestowed on the industry leader whose outstanding accomplishments have had the most positive impact on their credit union and its members. Judges emphasize the nominees’ dedication to the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” as well as civic leadership and charitable activity, according to Shirley Cate, Awards Committee Co-chair.

Pelham has served in a variety of senior-level positions in the credit union industry. He has served four years as CEO at Rogue Federal Credit Union in Medford. The credit union has nearly 50,000 members and assets of more than $500 million.

Pelham is being recognized for many innovative programs that serve his employees and members. He formed an Advisory Council this year to gain insight into issues that propel or inhibit Rogue FCU’s ability to “wow” its members.  He hosts several employee round tables every year to form a closer connection with the staff.  Pelham so values staff input that his compensation is tied directly to employee feedback. Rogue’s partnership with local media and home builders in offering foreclosure prevention information was also a factor in the Summit Awards judging.

“Gene is the absolute embodiment of corporate leadership,” noted John Annaloro, CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. “There is not a community event in which Rogue FCU is not involved.”

The Summit Awards committee lauded Rogue’s staff for more than 7,000 hours of community service in the last year, and took note of the more than 100 hours of community service Pelham has personally contributed in recent months.  He has been actively involved with Rotary International and served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Rogue Valley.

Pelham is also credited with helping to facilitate the merger of the Credit Union Association of Oregon with the Washington Credit Union League.  

“It is an honor to be recognized with the first ever Northwest Credit Union Association Professional of the Year Award,” Pelham said.  “I am thrilled to have played a small role in helping Northwest credit unions create a world class trade association that is working hard to ensure credit unions will thrive in the new economy?The Credit Union Professional of the Year award is one of four major honors the Foundations are offering at the Summit Awards Dinner.  The Foundations announced last week that BECU’s Gary Oakland will be presented with the Mark of Excellence Award.  Winners of the Young Credit Union Professional of the Year and Distinguished Volunteer awards will be announced by mid-September.  The Summit Awards dinner will be the final event at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Convention.?Media representatives interested in covering the event may contact Lynn Heider, AVP Communications,


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 (
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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