Pat Smith Inducted Into CUES Hall of Fame

The honors piled up even higher for Unitus Community Credit Union President and CEO Pat Smith this year, as CUES inducted her into its Hall of Fame.

CUES cited not only her professional achievements—which include helming Portland-based Unitus through a rebrand and into an era of outstanding growth—but also contributions to the wider Credit Union Movement, including her commitment to community impact.

“Each year Unitus develops a business plan to support charitable organizations in their field of membership,” said CUES in the video celebrating Smith’s induction. “They are currently working year-round with over 20 local organizations and schools. And as a result of Pat’s consistent efforts to lead by example, Unitus has tracked over 1,400 volunteer hours since 2007.”

Smith joined CUES in 1985, and in 1992 became the first ever recipient of the Operations Professional of Year Award.

She joined the Credit Union Movement in 1980, when she joined BECU for a temporary assignment and was soon asked to develop the credit union’s IRA program. In 2002, she took on the CEO role for Oregon Telco Community Credit Union, which soon become Unitus Community Credit Union.

In 2013 Smith was honored with the Top 25 Women in Business Orchid Award by the Portland Business Journal. And in October she was awarded the Northwest Credit Union Association’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The CUES Hall of Fame recognizes a lifetime of achievement and dedication to the Credit Union Movement. These extraordinary leaders were chosen by CUES’ Board of Directors for their contributions to their profession and the industry, involvement in community service, and education and history of self-improvement.

Smith was one of seven Hall of Fame inductees at this year’s ceremony, held at the CUES CEO/Executive Team Network event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The other six inductees include:

  • J. David Christenson, President/CEO, Connexus CU, Wausau, Wis.
  • Susan C. Frank, CEO, Desert Schools FCU, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Raymond Lancaster, CEO, Pyramid FCU, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Robert D. Ramirez, CCE, CEO, Vantage West CU, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Garth Warner, President/CEO, Servus CU, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Jane G. Watkins, President/CEO, Virginia CU, Richmond, Va.

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790, jpearson@nwcua.org.

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