WASHINGTON (3/21/12)--Michael J. "Mike" Mercer, president/CEO of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA), has been elected chairman of the board of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
Mercer was elected chairman during the board's regular meeting Monday in Washington, D.C. The meeting was held in conjunction with CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference. He succeeds Harriet May, former president/CEO of Government Employees CU in El Paso, Texas. May is retiring from the CUNA Board after serving for 20 months as CUNA chairman. Mercer was elected to a one-year term.
Following his election, Mercer told the CUNA Board that, in his view, the role of the association is to advance the successful use of cooperative consumer finance. "To the extent that we succeed, it will be helpful to every credit union in the country," Mercer said.
Bill Cheney, CUNA president/CEO, said he looks forward to working with Mercer in support of CUNA's goals in advocacy and in supporting the credit union movement. "His leadership skills are unmatched and he has broad insight into the needs of credit unions," Cheney added.
Mercer is in his fifth decade working for and with credit unions; he has been president of GCUA since 1985. In that capacity, he is responsible for the state trade association and several other state-level credit union support organizations.
Also elected officers of CUNA for one-year terms were:
- Vice chairman--Patricia Wesenberg, president/CEO, Central City CU (formerly Point Plus CU), Marshfield, Wis.;
- Secretary--Dennis Pierce, president/CEO, CommunityAmerica CU, Lenexa, Kan.;
- Treasurer--Susan M. Streifel, president/CEO, Woodstone CU, Federal Way, Wash.
- At-large member--Rod Staatz, president/CEO, State Employees CU, Linthicum, Md.
Terms for all began Monday.