Convention Kicks Off with Farewell Tribute to Annaloro at Annual Business Meeting

Recognizing John Annaloro for his 15 years of association leadership was top bill at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA’s) Annual Business Meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Vancouver, Wash.

In addition to discussing the collective accomplishments and future focus of the Association under his guidance, Annaloro, the now-former NWCUA CEO, was lauded for his personal accomplishments on behalf of credit unions.

In addition to kind words from outgoing Chairman Bill Anderson and incoming Chairman Debie Keesee, new Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) Chairman Steve Wilder presented Annaloro with a gold-level membership at the Credit Union House in Washington, D.C., where his name will be enshrined along with other tireless credit union advocates in the Credit Union Hall of Leaders.

“The Credit Union House stands as a lasting monument to the passion for the credit union difference,” Keesee said to Annaloro. “The vision for a presence on Capitol Hill and the commitment to making a political impact are all qualities that you exude.”

The Annual Business Meeting was Annaloro’s last official order of Association business. Troy Stang, who has served as the Association’s president since the orgaBill Anderson and Debie Keesee, board chairsnization was created through the merger of the individual Oregon and Washington institutions on Jan. 1, 2011, assumed CEO duties during the meeting.

Spokane Media Federal Credit Union President and CEO Debie Keesee was also installed as the new chair of the Association’s board of directors, taking the reins from Mid Oregon Federal Credit Union President and CEO Bill Anderson, who has been the board chair since the merged Association was formed in 2011.

The remaining directors were officially seated at the meeting as well, having gone from an at-large 18-member board to an 11-member board reflecting the Association’s eight geographic districts and three asset-size classifications.

The following 11 credit union CEOs now represent credit unions in the Northwest as the Association’s board of directors:

District 1: Bob Newcomb, SELCO Community Credit Union in Eugene, Ore.
District 2: Jack Fallis, Global Credit Union in Spokane, Wash.
District 3: Bill Anderson, Mid Oregon Federal Credit Union in Bend, Ore.
District 4: Jean Wheat-Palm, Valley Credit Union in Salem, Ore.
District 5: Tom Griffith, Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union in Portland, Ore.
District 6: Phil Jones, Harborstone Credit Union in Tacoma, Wash.
District 7: Tom Graves, Prevail Credit Union in Seattle, Wash.
District 8: Terry Belcoe, North Coast Credit Union in Bellingham, Wash.
At-Large (Small Asset): Debie Keesee, Spokane Media Federal Credit Union in Spokane, Wash.
At-Large (Middle Asset): Shirley Cate, Providence Federal Credit Union in Milwaukie, Ore.
At-Large (Large Asset): Rob Stuart, OnPoint Community Credit Union in Portland, Ore.

District boundary information is located on the NWCUA website.


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