Directors’ Awards to Honor Board Members for Leadership, Advocacy, Community Service

Credit union directors who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and a commitment to advocacy, community service and the ongoing success of their financial institution will be honored with Directors’ Awards at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Directors’ Conference in June.

The three-day conference, which is scheduled for June 6-8 at The Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Wash., will focus on a variety of fiduciary, business, legal and regulatory issues, including CDFI and Low-Income Designations, the NCUA’s Risk-Based Capital proposal, CEO succession planning, board compensation and more.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in a Financial Reality Fair and see first-hand how the Northwest Credit Union Foundation is sharing the importance of financial literacy with students and teachers across the Northwest. And they’ll hear from keynote speaker Andy Janning, a nationally recognized expert in organizational development, who will talk about “Surviving This Crazy CU Life.”

“I’ll share lessons from a former credit union, the most influential leadership development program ever created, every movie in your Netflix queue and DVD collection, and a memorable crew of old men,” Janning says. “You’ll leave with practical skills that will help you build a credit union full of heroes, keep the villains at bay, and help you build a brighter future for the people you serve.”

Registration for the conference is now open, and available online.

The Directors’ Awards program is new to the conference this year, and nominations are now being accepted in five categories. It’s a chance, says NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang, to shine a light on the people who “form the foundation of who we are as cooperatives.”

“As pillars of their communities, directors are in a unique position to promote the credit union philosophy and explain the credit union difference to the general public,” Stang says. “These awards recognize their commitment, their leadership, and their accomplishments over the past year.”

Four directors and a credit union will be honored at the awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday, June 7:

  • Credit Union Director of the Year: This award recognizes the outstanding achievement and accomplishments of a credit union board member who demonstrates commitment and leadership in credit union advocacy, community service and commitment to the ongoing success of their credit union.
  • Advocate of the Year: This award recognizes a board member who has met the highest benchmarks for legislative and regulatory grassroots advocacy by participating in events such as CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference or Credit Union Day at the Capitol, meeting with legislators or working on campaigns, contributing to CULAC and answering advocacy calls to action.
  • Spirit of Community Award: This award recognizes a director’s efforts to support and strengthen the lives of non-members through community service and outreach programs and a commitment to the “people helping people” philosophy.
  • Distinguished Impact Award: This award recognizes a director who has made a significant impact and contribution toward the success and advancement of the credit union they serve. This could include a contribution toward or development of innovative advances in offerings to members, a demonstrated commitment to ongoing education, or participation in other activities that further the success of the credit union and its members.
  • Credit Union Commitment to Board Excellence: This award recognizes a credit union for its outstanding programs or practices that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to credit union board excellence. This could include implementation of innovative or outstanding board succession planning, board education or board community projects.

Nominations for the Directors’ Awards will be accepted through Friday, May 16. Nomination forms and a complete description of each award are available on the NWCUA website.

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