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Graham Out As Kinecta CEO

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.-Kinecta Federal Credit Union will use a search firm to replace Thomas Graham, who has left the credit union as CEO, a spokesperson for Kinecta FCU said. Teresa Freeborn, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the $3-billion, 200,000-member CU, told The Credit Union Journal that David Gale, the treasurer for Kinecta's board of directors, is the interim president. "David has been on our board for a while. He will be a good fit for us at this time. We will retain the services of a search firm to find the absolutely best candidate out there." Freeborn declined further comment on Graham's departure.

8 Into Arkansas Hall of Fame

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.-Eight people have been inducted into the Arkansas Credit Union League's Hall of Fame, including the five people who started the league: Harry F. Ingram of Rock Island Railroad CU; E.R. Hanna of Missouri Pacific CU; Frank H. Fredeman of Veterans CU; Louis Bartsch of KEMBA CU; and Fred W. Perkins of Postal CU. Additional inductees were Bruce Reuteler from Northeast Arkansas FCU, Bettyann Hawk from Arkansas Federal Credit Union and Dorothy Wilson from Diamond Lakes FCU. Ms. Wilson is the only living inductee into the Hall of Fame.

U.S. Central Staff In Marathon

LENEXA, Kan.-Two U.S. Central employees were among those competing in the Boston Marathon. Andrew Ferris, a product analyst, and Stan Skwarlo, a senior technology auditor, both ran in the race, with Ferris representing U.S. Central as one of 10 runners sponsored by the Credit Unions of Massachusetts Kids at Heart program, for which more than $100,000 was raised. Participants who are not running for a charitable event must qualify on athletic ability alone. A runner in Skwarlo's age group must complete a certified marathon in less than 3 hours, 16 minutes. Last October, Skwarlo reached that goal by running the Wichita Marathon in Wichita, Kan., in 3 hours, 14 minutes.

CUES, FSF Raise $2,750

MADISON, Wis.-Members of the CUES Financial Suppliers Forum and attendees of the 2005 CUES Nexus Conference helped raise $1,375 for the Children's Miracle Network/Credit Unions for Kids holding a silent auction in the conference exhibit hall. CUES matched the amount for a total donation of $2,750.

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