League, Kim Bannan, and Advocacy Awards Recipients to be Honored at Virtual REACH 2020

League Awards Joe Schroeder
Eighteen credit union leaders, volunteers, up-and-comers, as well as credit unions and organizations—including this year’s Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joe Schroeder, retired CEO of Ventura County CU—will be honored during the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ virtual REACH 2020.

Eighteen credit union leaders, volunteers, up-and-comers, as well as credit unions and organizations—including this year’s Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joe Schroeder, retired CEO of Ventura County CU—will be honored during the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ virtual REACH 2020.

The honorees of the Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Service, Outstanding Volunteer, Tomorrow’s Star awards—as well as the Kim Bannan Eternal Flame and Advocacy awards—will be recognized at a special ceremony to be held Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. during the virtual event.

To register to attend the conference—which will be held Oct. 26, 28-29 and Nov. 4-5—and the ceremony, click here.

These are this year's award recipients:

Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award:  Retired Ventura County CU CEO Joe Schroeder. This is the League’s highest honor, recognizing excellence in credit union philosophy and a lifetime of contributions to the California credit union movement. It is named after Leo H. Shapiro, father of the California credit union movement and founder of the League.  Schroeder will be honored for his more than 30 years in the industry. His strong belief in the “People Helping People” philosophy is apparent everywhere at the credit union—including reaching out to serve modest means and underserved groups within the community.

Distinguished Service Award: WestStar CU CEO Rick Schmidt

Recipients of the League’s Distinguished Service Award are honored for service to the credit union community over the most recent three years. Schmidt will be recognized for his involvement with advocacy efforts—representing the credit union movement not only before elected officials but also before regulatory agencies—and also his recent successful leadership and community outreach efforts.

Alvin George Outstanding Volunteer Award: Wesley Hall of Valley First CU and Terrance Tremelling of SAFE CU

This award honors significant contributions over the most recent three years by people who serve credit unions in a volunteer capacity. It was renamed in 2013 in honor of long-time credit union volunteer J. Alvin George, who passed away that same year. Wesley Hall is being recognized for his more than 50 years of service on the Valley First CU board, including 35 years as chairman, while Terrance Tremelling—who joined the SAFE CU board in 2006 and served as chairman in 2017—is being honored for his tireless advocacy of credit unions.

Tomorrow’s Star Award: Tyrone Conde of Downey FCU and Aron Harrington of CalCom FCU/Mattel FCU/SCCUA

This award recognizes the achievements in the most recent three years by young credit union professionals age 35 and under. Both Conde and Harrington are new to the credit union movement but already have distinguished themselves in myriad ways, helping their respective credit unions thrive and volunteering within their communities.

Kim Bannan Eternal Flame Awards: Santa Ana FCU CEO Jill Mahany (individual) and Richards and Associates, CPAs (organization)

These awards recognize efforts that contribute to the success and future of Shapiro Group credit unions and are named after the League’s late vice president of credit union development and research and information. Both Mahany and Richards and Associates, CPAs will be honored for their outstanding work and support of Shapiro credit unions.

Advocacy Awards

These recipients are credit unions, individuals, and organizations that display extraordinary leadership in advocacy and political action. The 2020 recipients are:

Political Professional of the Year: Carina Hollis, Wescom CU

Advocate Credit Union of the Year-California: Travis CU (CEO—Barry Nelson)

Advocate Credit Union of the Year-Nevada: Great Basin FCU (CEO—Jennifer Denoo)

Advocate of the year-California: Dave Gunderson, Credit Union of Southern California

Advocate of the year-Nevada: Matt Kershaw, Clark County CU

Shapiro Advocate of the Year: Rob Greaff, Delta Schools FCU

Volunteer of the year: Howard Welinksky, First Entertainment CU

Supplier of the year: American Share Insurance (President/CEO—Dennis Adams)

California PAC Advocate of the Year-California: Josh Smith, SchoolsFirst FCU

PAC Advocate of the Year-Nevada: Sue Longson, Boulder Dam Credit Union 

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