NASCUS Honors BECU’s Cann with 2013 Pierre Jay Award

Parker Cann, a senior vice president and the general counsel for BECU, has been awarded the 2013 Pierre Jay Award by the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS).

Cann, a former credit union regulator in Washington and a longtime NASCUS leader, is the first Pierre Jay winner to have been both a state regulator and a credit union executive. He received the award Sept. 16 during the NASCUS State System Summit in Couer D’Alene, Idaho.

The Pierre Jay Award is given for outstanding service, leadership and commitment to NASCUS and the dual-chartering system. It was first awarded in 1997, and is named after the first Commissioner of Banks in Massachusetts.

Cann has 30 years of experience in the financial industry, with extensive involvement in legal and regulatory matters. Before joining BECU, he was president and CEO of Columbia Credit Union in Vancouver. He also was executive vice president and COO at Arrowhead Credit Union in San Bernardino, Calif., and served on the board of three of Arrowhead’s Credit Union Services Organizations.

Before joining Arrowhead, Cann served for seven years as the chief credit union regulator in Washington. During that time, he served on the NASCUS board and several of its committees, a role he continues to play. This fall, he also will join the board of the Northwest Credit Union Association.

“When we created the Pierre Jay Award, it was meant for honorees like Parker who have made countless contributions to NASCUS and to the state credit union system,” NASCUS President and CEO Mary Martha Fortney says. “Parker continues to set such a high standard for excellence and was truly passionate about states’ rights and the important work to preserve the safety and soundness of the state credit union system. We are grateful that we can recognize him for his dedication to credit union innovation, regulatory professionalism, and his commitment to making the state system better and stronger throughout his career.”


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