Sarah Canepa Bang Wins Wegner Award for Individual Achievement

A renowned northwest credit union innovator who made a profound mark on the financial and social missions of credit unions, will receive the credit union movement’s highest honor early next year.

Sarah Canepa Bang has won the Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) announced Thursday. She will be honored at the NCUF’s annual gala dinner in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 24, 2014.

Canepa Bang is president, CO-OP Shared Branching-FSCC, LLC and chief strategy officer, CO-OP Shared Branching. On her watch, FSCC more than quadrupled the number of credit unions, branches and states involved in shared branching, and expanded its technology to offer full-service kiosks, mobile banking, call centers, disaster recovery, and remote deposit capture. In 2007, FSCC partnered with select 7-Eleven stores to offer more than 2,000 in-store shared branching kiosks. Today following its merger with CO-OP Shared Branching networks, credit union members are able to leverage the largest network of surcharge free ATMs and shared branching services.

Canepa Bang was among the Oregon-Southwest Washington founders of Credit Unions for Kids in 1986, during her tenure at the Oregon Credit Union League. She remains a stalwart champion of the national movement’s “Charity of Choice.”

“One word to describe Sarah is ‘dynamo,’” said John Gregoire, chair of NCUF Wegner Awards Selection Committee and president of The ProCon Group in Madison, Wis. “Sarah is one of the most impressive, assertive, outgoing personalities in the entire credit union movement. Her energy knows no bounds, helping her become a major contributor to the success of the Credit Unions for Kids program and building shared branching in to a powerhouse delivery system.”

“Her international involvement may be unsurpassed in the credit union arena,” said Troy Stang, president/CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. “Whether it is working with the World Council in China and Scotland or her work in advancing shared branching in Puerto Rico, Sarah has answered the call. These are just a few examples of her many contributions in advancing the credit union philosophy through action around the world.”

Factors Wegner judges took into account include Canepa Bang’s:

  • Sustained commitment to the credit union system
  • Advocacy and leadership of shared branching
  • Champion ambassadorship of Credit Unions for Kids
  • Commitment to credit unions globally
  • Leadership of the credit union foundation system

Read more in the NCUF’s news release.

 

Questions? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

Posted in Article Post.