Northwest CU Professionals Win Big at CUNA Lending Council Conference

Gayle Gustafson after receiving the Phil Greer Award at the CUNA Lending Council Conference.

CUNA Lending Council presented its 2016 Phil Greer Award to Gayle Gustafson, VP Lending at Rivermark Community Credit Union in Beaverton.

Named for the late Phil Greer, SVP of loan administration for State Employees CU, the award recognizes a Council member who exemplifies the leadership, passion and commitment Greer brought to the lending profession.

“In Gayle, we see a resolute, savvy lending leader reminiscent of Phil Greer,” said Bob Stowell, CUNA Lending Council Chair and SVP/Chief Strategy Officer, Firefly Credit Union. “Professionals like her are what separate the credit union movement from other financial services options, and we are honored to present her this award.”

Gustafson has worked in credit unions for 34 years. As VP Lending, she oversees Rivermark’s consumer, mortgage and business lending as well as collections and compliance.

Prior to Rivermark, she worked as VP Human Resources & Corporate Culture at SELCO Credit Union in Eugene and in positions at various California credit unions.

Since 2002, Gustafson has been a member of CUNA Lending Council, and she served on the Executive Committee from 2008 to 2015. During her time as the chair of the membership committee, CUNA Lending Council grew in membership by 40%. She currently chairs the Northwestern Credit Union Association Regulatory Advisory Committee.

Staff, leadership and Board Members from Lower Valley Credit Union celebrating their win, with Denise Gabel (NWCUA COO), at left.

Lower Valley CU recognized for lending efforts

Lower Valley Credit Union (Sunnyside, WA) also took home honors for partnering with community groups to develop path-to-citizenship loans to help immigrant members cover expenses associated with the naturalization process. As part of this effort, the credit union accepted alternatives to Social Security numbers from working nonresidents for auto and home loans and offered financial education classes and materials in both English and Spanish.

The credit union’s assets have grown by more than $50 million during the last three years with loan-to-share ratio increasing from 79.20 percent to 93.51 percent.

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