MADISON, Wis. (8/25/11)--The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has named Tom Dorety, president/CEO Suncoast Schools FCU in Tampa, Fla., as a winner of 2012 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Dorety’s award will be presented March 19 at a dinner hosted by NCUF during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C. “When you look at Tom’s lifetime efforts, you realize that this is the perfect description of dedication, compassion and success within the credit union world,” said NCUF Awards and Recognition Committee Chairman Bob Schumacher. “No matter what Tom does, it seems to turn into something good for someone else.” Dorety has been president/CEO at Suncoast Schools FCU since April 1996, after serving as a senior vice president for eight years. Suncoast Schools is the largest credit union in Florida and the 11th largest in the U.S., with nearly $5 billion in assets. He has served as chairman of CUNA, Filene Research Institute, the National CEO Roundtable, and MEMBERS Trust Company. He currently serves on the boards of the CO-OP Financial Services Network, Hillsborough County Education Foundation and All Children’s Hospital. Dorety was chairman of CUNA from 2008-2009. During that time, he helped build consensus with fellow board members and served on almost every major committee. “Tom stepped up to provide strong leadership during some of the most challenging times in the history of credit unions,” said Dan Mica, former president/CEO of CUNA. “It was his passion and ability to motivate people to action that stand out as defining characteristics of his incredible leadership. He built consensus when there was no consensus. He brought people to action when they hesitated to get involved. And he addressed issues that nobody else wanted to even talk about.” At his own credit union, Dorety initiated the Suncoast for Kids Foundation, which contributes $1 million per year to public schools on Florida’s West Coast. He was successful in rallying Tampa-area credit unions to build a new intensive-care wing and a new Center for Autism at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. Through Dorety’s leadership, Suncoast developed a culture of educational volunteerism and community outreach, NCUF said. Suncoast offers financial literacy programs and student operated credit unions branches in local elementary, middle and high schools. The credit union supports a program for at-risk school students, provides college scholarships and grants, and holds annual school supply drives for both teachers and students. Dorety is one of two 2012 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement recipients. The second winner will be announced soon.