MONTREAL — The National Association of Federal Credit Unions on Wednesday announced the winners of the NAFCU/PAC 2014 White Hat Award and the Credit Union Challenge Award during its 48th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo here.

The White Hat Award is given to the NAFCU member credit union that raised the most money for NAFCU/PAC in the previous year. This year's winner is $2.8 billion Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

NAFCU said this is the 11th time Members 1st FCU, led by president and CEO Bob Marquette, has won the award. Marquette is a former NAFCU board member.

Dan Berger, president and CEO of NAFCU, said in a statement, "Through continued dedication and successful political fundraising efforts, Members 1st FCU and Mr. Marquette have showed their exceptional leadership," said Berger. "Their achievements are an inspiration to others in the industry."

Credit Union Challenge Winners

Three credit unions won the Credit Union Challenge Award for raising the most money in direct individual contributions for NAFCU/PAC within their respective asset categories in 2014.

The winners were:

  • $171 million JetStream FCU, Miami Lakes, Fla. (less than $250 million in assets)
  • $721 million SRP FCU, North Augusta, S.C. ($250 million to $750 million in assets)
  • $3.4 billion Visions FCU, Endicott, N.Y. (greater than $750 million in assets)

Ed Templeton, NAFCU chair and president and CEO of SRP FCU, won the individual Challenge Award, which goes to the person who contributed the most to NAFCU/PAC in the previous year.
Along with winning the individual Challenge, NAFCU said Templeton helped lead his credit union to the Challenge victory in its asset size through his support of SRP FCU's staff and impressing upon them the importance of participating in the political process.

"These winners spend a tremendous amount of time helping to make sure that the credit union voice is heard on Capitol Hill," said NAFCU's Berger. "We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of these hard-working credit unions and industry professionals."

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