Wegner Awards Dinner will Shine the Spotlight on NW Credit Union Professionals; Tickets On Sale Now

There’ll be a lot of familiar faces on stage when the National Credit Union Foundation presents the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards at its 26th annual dinner in February.

The dinner, held in conjunction with CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington on Feb. 24, 2014. Sponsorships and tickets, which are available online at www.ncuf.coop, must be purchased by Feb. 1.

“I’ve joked that this is the credit union system’s version of the Oscars, but the Foundation Dinner and accompanying awards presentations are truly inspiring and energizing,” says Gigi Hyland, the foundation’s executive director. “You won’t want to miss the 2014 dinner, which will honor and celebrate four outstanding Wegner Award winners.”

Two of those winners hail from the Pacific Northwest, as does the evening’s emcee. Denise Gabel, the Northwest Credit Union Association’s chief operating officer, has agreed to lead the festivities for a second consecutive year. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation will also play a role at the dinner, signing on as a Foundation Philanthropist sponsor.

Sharing the spotlight as award winners:

  • Gary Oakland, who led BECU in Seattle to unprecedented growth as its CEO for 26 years and whose generosity and selflessness made him an industry leader and an influential contributor to a wide variety of community causes, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.

    While at BECU, Oakland played a key role in the launch of the PBS television show “Biz Kid$”; established the BECU Foundation, which has awarded more than $1.5 million in college scholarships; located the funds to keep more than a dozen low-income credit unions afloat during times of hardship; helped found two low-income-designated credit unions; and created a credit union service organization that provides mortgage solutions to approximately 600 credit unions.

    (You’ll find an Anthem interview with Oakland here.)

  • Sarah Canepa Bang, president and COO of CO-OP Shared Branching-FSCC, LLC and chief strategy officer of CO-OP Shared Branching, will be honored with an Individual Achievement award.

    On Canepa Bang’s 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. Today, credit union members are able to leverage the nation’s largest network of surcharge-free ATMs and shared branching services.

    During her tenure at the Oregon Credit Union League, Canepa Bang was among the Oregon-Southwest Washington founders of Credit Unions for Kids, and she remains a champion of the national movement’s “charity of choice.”

    (You can read the first of a two-part Anthem interview with Canepa Bang here; the second half is here.)

Jim McCormack, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, and Tim Haegelin, retired president and CEO of Generations Federal Credit Union in San Antonio, Texas, will also be honored with Lifetime Achievement awards at the dinner.

The Wegner awards are named after former Credit Union National Association CEO Herb Wegner, whose “innovative, creative, risk-taking leadership” revolutionized the ways that credit unions serve their communities. The awards recognize leaders of the national and international credit union movements whose achievements fulfill the mission of promoting financial freedom for consumers around the world.

Several sponsorship categories for the dinner have already sold out, but Patron, Friend and individual tickets are still available. For more information, go to www.ncuf.coop.


Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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