MAXX Coverage: 2 CU Execs Honored, New Board Named, Record Amount Raised for CMN

A reposted Article from CU Today

TACOMA, Wash.–Bob Corwin, president/CEO of Advantis Credit Union in Milwaukie, Ore., has been named the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Northwest Credit Union Association, while the Innovation and Impact Award was presented to Teri Robinson, president/CEO of Ironworkers USA FCU in Portland, Ore.

Both awards were presented during the association’s MAXX Conference here, at which the association’s new board was announced and a record amount was raised for Children’s Miracle Network.

For Corwin, the NWCUA said the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the areas of social responsibility, credit union philosophy, advocacy, and community impact.

“In his four decades of service to the Credit Union Movement, Bob has established an impressive record of accomplishment,” said NWCUA President Troy Stang. “We’re pleased that he plans to continue leading, innovating, and serving well into the future.”

Corwin began his credit union career in Portland in 1977 at Tektronix Credit Union, now known as First Tech Federal Credit Union. Working his way up from branch management to senior leadership positions, Corwin helped oversee implementation of innovative programs, mergers of other credit unions into First Tech and the expansion of its branch footprint.

He served as CEO of Wichita, Kansas-based Meritrust Credit Union from 2008-2012, during which assets grew by nearly $250 million.

Corwin returned to his native Northwest to take the reins as CEO of Advantis CU in 2012. Corwin has led asset growth from $987 million to over $1.4 billion. Membership on his watch was increased markedly, from just over 49,000 members in 2012, to 75,000 today.

“He continues to lead a culture of innovation, member service, and employee engagement,” the Northwest CU Association said. “Last year, Advantis’ Grow grant fund provided $50,000 to local nonprofits. In 2017 alone, Advantis contributed more than $70,000 to charitable event sponsorships, and donated nearly $60,000 to nonprofit organizations through corporate and employee match contributions. The Advantis team volunteered more than 1,000 hours of community service in 2017.

Innovation and Impact Award

Meanwhile, the NWCUA bestowed its Innovation and Impact Award on Ironworkers USA FCU’s Robinson, on whose watch the credit union has been “transformed,” the association said. Assets have doubled, and its financial health far exceeds federal regulators’ standards for “well capitalized” credit unions.

“In addition, the member-first mantra at the credit union has improved the lives of thousands of members,” the NWCUA said. “This year, Robinson obtained NCUA approval for a national charter that will make membership possible for as many as 90,000 ironworkers across the country.”

New Board

With the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) poised to formally merge Idaho credit unions into association along with those of Washington and Oregon effective Dec. 31, the Association seated its 2018-2019 board and executive committee.

John Zmolek, president/CEO of Seattle-based Verity Credit Union, has been named chairman.

“I am moved and inspired by the warm and welcoming way the people of our newly formed Association have embraced one another to become one family,” Zmolek said at the closing session the MAXX Convention in Tacoma, Washington. “It clearly bodes well for our future together.”

Zmolek succeeds Brook Van Vleet, President/CEO of St. Helens, Oregon-based St. Helens Community Credit Union, as Chair.

Bert Fisher, CEO of Shelton, Washington-based Our Community Credit Union, will serve as Vice Chair of the NWCUA board during the coming year, and Jeff Adams, President/CEO of Spokane Valley, Washington-based Horizon Credit Union, will serve as Secretary/Treasurer.

In a recent election, NWCUA member credit unions re-elected Van Vleet, and Debie Keesee, CEO, Spokane, Washington-based Spokane Media Credit Union, to continue their board service. Joining Zmolek, Fisher, Adams, Keesee, and Van Vleet in NWCUA board service are:

  • Debie Keesee, CEO, Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, Spokane, Wash.
  • Bob Newcomb, CEO, SELCO Community Credit Union, Springfield, Ore.
  • Jim Lumpkin, President/CEO, USAgencies Credit Union, Portland, Ore.
  • Scott Burgess, Emeritus President/CEO, Rivermark Credit Union, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Don Clark, president/CEO, Sound Credit Union, Tacoma, Wash.

The NWCUA said the Idaho Credit Union League’s (ICUL) board will continue to function until the merger is completed. Once completed, ICUL Chair Kent Oram, CEO of Idaho Central Credit Union in Pocatello, and Dan Thurman, president/CEO of East Idaho Credit Union in Idaho Falls, will join the NWCUA board.

In addition, Trisha Baker, president/CEO, Lewis Clark Credit Union, Lewiston, Idaho, will also join the NWCUA board. Baker currently serves on the board of the ICUL’s service corporation, League Services, Inc (LSI).

Record Funds Raised

During the MAXX convention, a record-setting $628,226.49 total was raised for Children’s Miracle Network as part of the annual “Cash for Kids” paddle raise. It marks a significant increase of 2017’s $325,000 raised.

CUNA Mutual Group was the event’s premiere “Times Square Sponsor.”

“Thanks to the generosity of all of our sponsors, donors, and bidders, Credit Unions for Kids will again make miracles happen,” said Holly Miller, NWCUA Project Manager and Auction Coordinator. “The funds raised at auction will support research, treatments at the CMN hospitals, and will provide comfort to the families of hospitalized children. Does it really get any better than that?”

Miller thanked Spokane Valley-based Horizon Credit Union for their marketing team’s work creating the authentic design for “New York, New York.” She also praised the credit union professionals from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington who served on the Auction Committee, volunteering, “countless hours since last year helping to organize the auction, working the phones to help bring in donations, and working a long, almost 24-hour day at MAXX to make the auction so successful.”

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