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Lyon Named CEO Of NM League

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-The New Mexico Credit Union League said it has named Sylvia Lyon the new CEO of the league, promoting her from vice president of credit union services. Lyon has been with the league for nine years and replaces John Radebaugh, whose last day at NMCUL was Oct. 4. Radebaugh left New Mexico to become the CEO of the North Carolina league.

Finley To Succeed Bianchini

TULSA, Okla.-The Oklahoma league board has approved a plan naming Lisa Finley as the successor to current president Bob Bianchini upon his retirement in 2005. Bianchini joined the league in 1994. Finley has been with the OCUL since 1998 and with the announcement of the succession plan has been named executive vice president, having been senior vice president and COO. "The Oklahoma Credit Union League is fortunate to have the opportunity to select the individual who will succeed Bob once he retires," said League Chairman Michael Kloiber, who is president of Tinker FCU.

2004 Wegner Winners Named

MADISON, Wis.-Pete Crear, Lois Kitsch, and the Filene Research Institute have been selected as the 2004 recipients of the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, sponsored by the National Credit Union Foundation.

Pete Crear, EVP and chief operating officer of CUNA, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many accomplishments throughout his lengthy career, including positions with the Connecticut and Indiana leagues, his assistance in organizing more than 20 CUs, his work with the World Council, U.S. Central and the National Cooperative Business Association.

Lois Kitsch, regional manager of Asia and Europe for the World Council, will receive the Individual Achievement Award for her efforts to further international credit union development. The Filene Research Institute will receive the Outstanding Organization Award for its many contributions to the credit union movement.

The awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at the Foundation's Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington.

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