DULUTH, Ga. (5/12/10)--Seven individuals were acknowledged for outstanding service to their communities and to the credit union industry at the annual convention of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA) held last week in Savannah, Ga. Each year, the state trade association honors credit union management and volunteers with the Moses C. Davis awards, highlighting those who have contributed consistently to furthering the “People Helping People” philosophy of credit unions. GCUA also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to honor one credit union leader whose accomplishments exemplify extraordinary leadership and commitment. “We take great pride in honoring individuals who have helped further the work of credit unions,” said Mike Mercer, GCUA president/CEO. “Much of that effort includes assisting Georgia residents to enhance their financial literacy, particularly in this challenging economy.” This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Janet Davis, CEO of TIC FCU in Columbus, Ga. Davis began her career with TIC in 1983 and has assisted the credit union in its growth to become the ninth-largest credit union in Georgia. Davis has held several board positions at the state and national levels. Honorees who received the Moses C. Davis awards in the professional category are:
* Brian Akin, CEO, North Georgia CU, Toccoa. The credit union has grown in Akin’s nine-year tenure and has expanded membership eligibility to more than 100 select employer groups and residents of Stephens and Franklin Counties. Akin is vice president of the Northeast Credit Union Chapter. * Gail H. Chandler, CEO, Regional Members FCU, Columbus. Under Chandler’s leadership, the credit union expanded several new products and services for members. Chandler is active statewide in the credit union movement and with local community organizations. * Defarra “Dean” Gaymon, CEO, Credit Union of Atlanta. Gaymon’s leadership focuses on staff development and implementing products to meet the needs of low- to moderate-income individuals, while helping to improve their financial literacy. Gaymon is on the board of the Greater Atlanta Credit Union Chapter.
Honorees who received the award in the volunteer category are:
* Charles F. Grant, board member with Augusta (Ga.) Metro FCU. During his years on the board, Grant has been an advocate for members and staff. He was instrumental in the development of the credit union’s new “dialog branch,” helping create more personalized interaction with members. * Peggy Martin, board member with Members United CU, Columbus. Martin helped form the credit union in 1981 and has held several board positions. She is active in credit union grassroots efforts and is involved with several organizations in her community. * Marlene Cooper Stiggers, board member with First Choice CU, Atlanta. Stiggers is chair of the marketing committee, where her efforts led to exposure of the credit union in a prominent statewide business publication. She is a long-time supporter of the national African American Credit Union Coalition.