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CUES Names Finalists

MADISON, Wis.-CUES has named the six regional finalists in its Next Top CU Exec Challenge: West, Tina Hall, Verity CU, Seattle; Midwest: Amy Grothaus, CommunityAmerica CU, Kansas City, Mo.; Northeast: Amy Stanton, Connex CU, North Haven, Conn.; Southwest: James Roller, Tinker FCU, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Southeast: Ronaldo Hardy, La Capitol FCU, Baton Rouge, La.; Canada: Jodi Chambers, Assiniboine CU, Winnipeg, Manitoba. More than 10,000 votes were cast. The six winners will each receive registration, accommodation and airfare to CUES' CEO/Executive Team Network in Dallas, Nov. 7-10, where they will face off for the grand prize, a CUES educational package valued at $20,000. For info: www.NextTopCreditUnionExec.com.


Promotion Aids Charity

LIVONIA, Mich.-For every person who signs up as a Facebook fan of Co-op Service Credit Union during June, the credit union is making a $2 donation to Forgotten Harvest. The $2 is enough to provide 10 meals to people in need, CSCU reported. The CU can be found at www.facebook.com/coopservices.


AZ CUL Honors Leaders

TUCSON, Ariz.-The Arizona CU League awarded its prestigious Very Outstanding Credit Union Peson award to Pete Pritts, CEO of FirstCorp. The award recognizes those who go above and beyond to serve the credit union movement. Presented was the Rose Mofford Credit Union Volunteer Award was Harland L. Bradford, Sr. from American Southwest CU. The CU Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Paul Stull of Arizona State CU.


Two New CEOs Are Named

KINGSPORT, Tenn.-Appalachian Community FCU has named Ronald E. Scott as its new CEO, filling a vacancy created by the death of Gene A. Hensley, who had been CEO for more than 31 years. Scott was previously with ACFCU from the $1.7-billion Provident CU in California, and has been in credit unions for more than 27 years. In Lansing, Mich., CASE CU has named Jeffrey Benson as its new CEO, succeeding Terry Pearson, who retired. Benson has 21 years' experience in CUs, most recently as VP at MSU FCU.


NC League Lists Awards

GREENSBORO, N.C.-The North Carolina CU League presented its Mark of Excellence Award to Bobby Hall, senior EVP with State Employees' CU, Raleigh, and Curtis Ring of Summit CU, Greensboro. The Ronald J. Hutchins CU Person of the Year Award was presented to Joy Watts, president/CEO, Carolina Postal CU, and Leslie Colin "LC" Kelly of Charlotte Fire Department CU.


Stocks Lure Former CU

WAYCROSS, Ga.-Atlantic Coast Federal Corp., the former Atlantic Coast FCU, which converted to a mutual holding company in 2000, has filed a plan to convert to a stock form of organization. The $914-million bank completed an IPO in 2004, with the mutual holding company holding 65% of outstanding shares in the company, which owns 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of the capital stock of the bank.


NY Honors Leaders

ALBANY, N.Y.-The CU Association of New York has honored three people: Vicki O'Neill, president, ACMG FCU, Solvay, and Marion Smith, VP with Melrose CU, Briarwood, received the Outstanding Professional Awards. Named as winners of the Outstanding Volunteer Awards were: Kenneth L. Putt of Olean Area FCU, and Hobart Rhinehart of CCSE FCU, Salamanca; and Pamela Wiss of Palisades FCU, Pearl River.


Utah DFI Reaccredited

ARLINGTON, Va.-The National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors reported that it has re-accredited the Utah Department of Financial Institutions.

It is the fourth consecutive re-accreditation for Utah since its first reaccredidation in 1995. The state regulator oversees 52 credit unions.

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