BEAVERTON, Ore. (4/14/08)--The interview process in the search for a new CEO of the Credit Union Association of Oregon (CUAO) should be completed by the end of the month. The CUAO board of directors asked HR Value Group to assist in the search for a new CEO. HR Value Group began the search in January after CUAO gave the firm its criteria for selecting the future leader of the association (Oregon Outlook April 2008). After contacting more than 400 prospects nationwide, HR Value Group narrowed the field to 43 candidates. Using phone screening, the company narrowed the field further to 19 candidates. “The individuals come from varying backgrounds: executives at credit union leagues nationwide, CEOs with league or credit union service organization involvement, and other trade association executives,” said Shirley Cate, CUAO board chair, and CEO of Providence Health System FCU, Portland. The CUAO search committee met with HR Value Group and determined to interview nine of the 19 individuals selected will move on to the next level and will be directly interviewed by HR Value Group. Once the initial interviews are completed, the CUAO board will conduct face-to-face interviews with the finalists. Former CUAO President/CEO Gene Poitras retired Nov. 30 after 32 years with the association.