CUNA Names Nelson As CEO

MADISON, Wis.-Brian Nelson has been named as CUNA's new CFO and senior VP. Nelson a 24-year employee of CUNA, had been acting as interim CFO and will be based in the association's Madison, Wis. offices.

Virginia Announces New Board

LYNCHBURG, Va.-The Virginia CU League has announced its board elections: Chairman, Suzanne Hodgins, AVP with University of Virginia Community CU; Vice chairman, Paul Phillips, president/CEO Freedom First FCU; Secretary, Rose Gilliam, president/CEO at Argent CU, and Treasurer, Karen Orie, manager/CEO of Hampton Roads Educators' CU. Nancy Hollyfield, manager/CEO of Mountain Empire FCU, was re-elected to the board, while elected to their first terms were Patsy Smith, manager/CEO of Resources FCU, Richmond, and Joe Thomas, president/CEO Fairfax (Va.) County FCU.

Mindburst Seminars Now Archived

BISMARCK, N.D.-The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas reported it has now archived seven of its "Mindburst" webinars for viewing at any time. The webinars can be used for chapter and board meetings, along with staff training, the CUAD noted. For info: www.cuad.coop/Education/MindburstWebinars.aspx.

Kentucky CU Pioneer Dies

RADCLIFF, Ky.-Long-time credit union employee and volunteer Leo C. Pike has died. Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Pike (U.S. Army Retired) served Fort Knox FCU for more than 50 years as a volunteer, professional staff member and leader, and was its first active duty military member when membership was expanded to include military as well as civilians in 1960. Pike served on the credit and supervisory committees, plus three terms on the board before joining the staff for 16 years and then rejoining the board following his retirement. In 2004, FKFCU renamed a branch in his honor. Pike was also honored by CUES and the Defense CU Council for his contributions during his lifetime.

Credit Union ONE Named 'Best'

FERNDALE, Mich.-Credit Union ONE has been named by readers of The Daily Tribune as a winner of its Best of the Best 2012 Readers Choice Awards,

Posthumous Induction To Hall

ALBANY, N.Y.-Louis G. Weiler has been inducted posthumously into the Credit Union Association of New York's Credit Union Hall of Fame. Weiler, of Municipal Credit Union, was inducted for his role as a pioneer in the CU movement. He helped co-found the CU in 1916 and beginning in 1927 served as the first president of the then New York State Association of Credit Unions, and was later part of the group that helped form CUNA.

London Named CEO At Deseret First

SALT LAKE CITY-The $420-million Deseret First Credit Union here has named Shane London as its new president/CEO. London, who has been with DFCU since 1981 and is EVP/CFO, succeeds Clint Gurney, who is retiring after two years as CEO.

Two People Are Honored

LYNCHBURG, Va.-The Virginia league has honored two people. Kenneth R, Davis, CEO of Hampton V.A. FCU, was named winner of the 2012 Eugene H. Farley, Jr. Award of Excellence, while the retired Eugene W. Johnson was presented with the James P. Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnson's relationship with credit union dates to 1949.

Healthcare Cooperative Now 'Alive'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-Healthcare's Cooperative CU has a new name: Alive Credit Union. The name change process was led by St. Louis-based NewGround, and was chosen "in respect of the financial institution's healthcare heritage and approach to member service - banking with more heart," the CU said. The new name also comes with a new tagline, "Bank Healthier. Live Happier" and new branding support, including TV spots. The credit union was originally BlueCross BlueShield Employees's CU.

BizKid$ Produces 1-Hour Special

MADISON, Wis.-The producers of Biz Kid$ have produced a new one-hour special for the Ashoka organization, which supports social entrepreneurship around the world. "Biz Kid$ - Three Minutes to Change the World" follows four young entrepreneurs as they compete in an international contest to change the world.

Biz Kid$ is the credit union funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship. To view a video, visit: http://youtu.be/C0MbMBHrgK4

Sherrick Named CEO At Postal CU

WOODBURY, Minn.-The $530-million Postal CU announced that Russ Plunkett, its president for 20 years, is retiring Nov. 15 and will be succeeded by COO Brian Sherrick as CEO.

Plunkett joined PCU in 1981 and was named to succeed the then-retiring Ron Madery as president in 1992. During that time assets have grown from $109 million to $530 million as of April 30.

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