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California league to honor CU leaders
ONTARIO, Calif. (9/23/10)--The California Credit Union League will honor six credit union leaders and volunteers during its annual meeting and convention Nov. 15-17 in Anaheim, Calif. Henry Wirz, CEO of SAFE CU, North Highlands, will receive the Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award. Wirz has worked as a senior executive in the credit union industry for more than 30 years. He joined SAFE CU has controller in 1979, and replaced the retiring CEO in 1984. Other recipients include:
* Brett Martinez, CEO, Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Distinguished Service Award; * Chris Coursen, CEO, Fairview Employees CU, Costa Mesa, Distinguished Service Award; * Sherman Grancell, California Bear CU, Los Angeles, Outstanding Volunteer Award; * Dhara Sanchez, chief operating officer, Inland Empire CU, Pomona, Tomorrow’s Star Award; and * Jay Lee, risk management officer, CalCom FCU, Torrance, Tomorrow’s Star Award.
Martinez has served as California league board chairman and as chairman of the search committee for a new league president/CEO, following Bill Cheney’s departure for the Credit Union National Association. Coursen is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School and Stanford University’s executive development program. Grancell has served on the board of California Bear CU for 58 years. Sanchez is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School and serves as her credit union’s chapter regional learning center chairman. She also is involved with the California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network. Lee started his credit union career in 2001 after migrating from the Philippines and is class secretary for Western CUNA Management School.


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