New York Professionals named to CU House Hall of Leaders

Contact: Ron McLean, Association SVP
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(February 28, 2013 - Albany, NY) – New York credit union professionals Frank Berrish and Michael Connery were recently named to the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in recognition of their commitment and service to the credit union movement.

Throughout their credit union careers, Berrish and Connery have established themselves as passionate credit union champions and leaders.

With nearly 35 years of leadership at Visions FCU (headquartered in Endicott, NY), President/CEO Frank Berrish has made a long term impact on the Southern Tier community, as well as the state and national credit union community.

Under his leadership, Visions FCU has grown from $25 million in assets to over $3 billion. Berrish also provided tremendous leadership and support for Universal Sharing Network, having served as a board member since the organization’s inception in 1993 to 2008 and its board chairman from 1993 to 1998.

At the national level, Berrish served on the Federal Reserve Board Governor’s Thrift Institution Advisory Council (2005-2007), was a member of CUNA’s Payments Policy Subcommittee (2007-2012) and currently serves on the board for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Berrish was honored by the Credit Union Association of New York in 1990 and 2006, receiving its Outstanding Professional of the Year award.

Michael Connery, retired President/CEO of United Nations FCU (headquartered in Long Island City, NY), led one of the most progressive and unique credit unions in the country. Under Connery’s leadership, United Nations FCU increased its membership from 16,200 to 98,000 and grew its assets from $233 million to nearly $4 billion. During his tenure, the credit union was recognized as the first U.S. financial institution to offer microchip and PIN credit cards.

Throughout his nearly 25 years leading United Nations FCU, Connery worked tirelessly to serve the people who serve the world. From 1995 to 2006, he was a board member of Empire Corporate/Members United Corporate FCU. Connery provided key leadership and guidance during this important phase of the corporate’s growth, including two years as its chairman.

Connery also served on the board of CUC Mortgage Corporation and from 2002-2004 was a member of CUNA’s International Legislative, Regulatory and Operations Subcommittee. He was inducted in the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Hall of Fame in 2010.

“Frank and Michael’s career accomplishments, as well as their dedication to and involvement with the credit union movement and its ‘people helping people’ philosophy, has inspired many,” said William J. Mellin, president and CEO of the Credit Union Association of New York. “On behalf of New York’s credit unions, I thank them for their leadership and congratulate them on their induction into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders.”

Since opening in 2001, CU House has provided credit unions and credit union groups across the country with a coordination center on Capitol Hill. Each year, the townhouse attracts thousands of visitors, including members of Congress and Congressional staffers, business leaders and credit union representatives from around the world.

The Credit Union House Hall of Leaders was introduced in 2008 to provide lasting recognition for credit union leaders whose commitment has made a significant impact on the credit union movement at the local, state or national level. Inductees include board chairmen, league presidents, credit union CEOs, league board members, and volunteers. Their names remind all who visit Credit Union House of the many individuals who have volunteered their time to perpetuate the credit union movement and who remain committed to the values and mission on which credit unions were founded. Berrish and Connery join fellow New Yorker John Prumo.

The Credit Union Association of New York has served as the trade association for the state’s credit unions for 95 years. New York credit unions have assets of more than $61 billion and serve 4.7 million members. To learn more about the Association, visit www.cuany.org.

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Frank Berrish
President/CEO
Visions FCU
      Michael Connery
retired President/CEO
United Nations