Nationally Known Credit Union Movement Innovator Joins NWCUA as COO

Denise Gabel has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). Gabel will report directly to Troy Stang, the Association’s president and CEO. The appointment is effective November 5, 2012.

Gabel is currently the Chief Finance and Strategy Officer at the Filene Research Institute, a credit union industry think tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of consumer finance. She is responsible for identifying trends and opportunities to bring to the credit union system.

“I’m extremely pleased that Denise will be joining our organization as my executive colleague and second in command,” said Stang. “She shares our passion for a successful credit union movement in the Northwest and will be charged with direct operational oversight of critical services we provide for nearly 200 credit unions in the region.”

Stang noted another priority for Gabel will be working with all credit unions to ensure collaborative engagement and participation. In her role as a Filene innovator, Gabel has deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the industry. Known for an engaging, high-energy style, Gabel is able to gain enthusiastic buy in from internal and external teams, resulting in successful execution.

With Gabel on board overseeing the organization’s operations, Stang will remain directly involved in the oversight of the Association’s legislative, regulatory and governmental affairs policy efforts.

“I love to mentor people and help them to create the future,” Gabel said. “The two go hand in hand. People create the future. And the future of credit unions relies on a solid structure. I want to be part of continuing to evolve the framework,” she continued. “It’s going to be wonderful to work with credit unions of all sizes—from our largest such as BECU and OnPoint to our smaller financial services providers such as Pine Creek Federal Credit Union and Tulip Cooperative Credit Union.”

The Association’s news release can be found online.

Posted in Advocacy News, Around the NW, NWCUA.