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Best of Northwest CU Movement Receive Awards
PORTLAND, Ore. (10/16/13)--The Northwest Credit Union Association handed out 35 awards at its annual gala last week.

The Summit Awards ceremony was held on Oct. 9, at the end of NWCUA's Amplify Convention for member credit unions in Oregon and Washington.

Top award winners included:
  • Jill Nowacki, vice president of development at Maps CU in Salem, Ore., who was named the Young Credit Union Professional of the Year for her marketing and advocacy efforts.
  • Rick Hein, CEO of Oregon State University FCU in Corvallis, Ore., who was given the Innovation and Impact award for implementing a program that matched staff political fund contributions with a gift to Credit Unions for Kids.
  • Rick Brandsma, CEO of Sound CU in Tacoma, Wash., who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, for having overseen 14 successful mergers at his credit union, which opened 21 branches and accumulated more than $1 billion in assets under his guidance.
There were also eight other state-level awards presented that automatically qualified recipients for a national competition sponsored by the Credit Union National Association. Maps CU, Salem, Ore., and Solarity CU, Yakima, Wash., received first place Desjardins youth and adult financial education awards, respectively.


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