Empire Corporate FCU marked its 25th anniversary during its Economic Forum here, with more than 300 in attendance at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, New York. Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, keynoted the meeting. CEO Joseph P. Herbst premiered a retrospective 16 minute video entitled, "Twenty-Five Years of Progress: The View from the Back Room." The video followed Empire's beginnings in 1977 with $123 in assets and a handful of credit union members, to its current asset size of $4.4 billion serving nearly 1,000 credit union members. In addition, every past board chair, with the exception of Edward LaRock who passed away last year, was present and honored.