Eight CU Pros, Volunteer Leaders Named CUANY Award Winners

Contact: Ron McLean, Association SVP
(800) 342-9835, ext. 8191, cell: (518) 469-5945

(June 3, 2013 - Albany, NY) – Eight individuals have been named winners of the Credit Union Association of New York’s (CUANY) 2013 Recognition Awards. The winners will be honored in their respective categories June 14 at the Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention at the Sagamore Resort in Lake George.

The judges looked for individuals and credit unions that show an ongoing dedication to the credit union philosophy, community involvement, volunteerism, professionalism, and youth financial education. The award categories and recipients include:

  • New York Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee: John Felton, CEO, Southern Chautauqua FCU;
  • Outstanding Volunteers: Donald Bruning, board president, Great Erie FCU ($50 million-$250 million in assets); Don Briner, associate board member, Hudson River Community CU ($50 million-$250 million in assets); and Ann Tyler, board chairman, AmeriCU Credit Union (more than $250 million in assets);
  • Outstanding Professionals: Marsha Brauer, manager/CEO, Clarence Community & Schools FCU (up to $50 million in assets); William Carhart, CEO, Oswego County FCU ($50 million-$250 million in assets); and Lisa Whitaker, president/CEO, CFCU Community CU (more than $250 million in assets); and
  • Outstanding Young Professional: Lisa Totaro, marketing associate, Sunmark FCU.

“We are proud to honor each of these hardworking individuals, and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the Convention,” said William J. Mellin, President/CEO of CUANY. “I also want to thank our awards committee members for the dedication and enthusiasm they brought to the selection process.”

The Credit Union Association of New York has served as the trade association for the state’s credit unions for 96 years. New York credit unions have assets of more than $62 billion and serve 4.8 million members. To learn more about the Association, visit https://www.cuany.org. To find a credit union or learn more about the credit union movement, visit www.asmarterchoice.org.