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LSCU Elects Board, Announces Awards
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. and TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (6/21/13)--The League of Southeastern Credit Unions announced the results of its board elections and annual award winners at its annual meeting June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla.

Click to view larger image The League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) Executive Committee includes, bottom row, from left, Chairman Mary Ott Wood, CEO, Florida West Coast CU; Chairman-elect Steve Swofford, CEO,  Alabama CU; and Vice Chairman Tina Williams, CEO, Mobile Educators CU. Top row, from left, Patrick LaPine, LSCU president/CEO; Immediate past president Joe McGee, CEO, Legacy Community FCU; Treasurer A.C. Cowans, CEO, McCoy FCU; and Secretary Brent Lister, CEO, First Florida CU.
More than 110 credit unions from Alabama and Florida were represented, while the exhibit hall hosted 120 vendors, 28 of which were new this year. The LSCU debuted a new AC&E mobile app, which was downloaded by more than 300 attendees.

The meeting also featured Bill Cheney, Credit Union National Association president/CEO; former Blue Angel lead solo pilot John Foley; and National Journal's The Hotline editor-in-chief Reid Wilson.

Kevin Johnson, executive vice president, Suncoast Schools FCU, Tampa, Fla., was seated as the newest board member. Rich Helber, CEO, Tropical Financial CU, Miramar, Fla., stepped down from the board.

Click to view larger image Jim Mitchell, middle, Army Aviation Center FCU, Daleville, Ala., was honored as the League of Southeastern Credit Unions' Professional of the Year award at the league's annual meeting June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. Mitchell received his award from Patrick LaPine, left, president/CEO of the LSCU and LSCU board secretary Brent Lister, CEO, First Florida CU, Jacksonville, Fla.
Board members re-elected to new terms included:

  • Linda Walker, CEO, Riverdale CU, Montgomery, Ala.;
  • A.C. Cowans, CEO, McCoy FCU, Orlando, Fla.; and
  • Ron Summerall, CEO, Alabama Teachers CU, Gadsden, Ala.
The board's executive committee remained the same. Committee members include:

  • Chairman--Mary Ott Wood, CEO, Florida West Coast CU, Brandon, Fla.;
  • Chairman-elect--Steve Swofford, CEO,  Alabama CU, Tuscaloosa, Ala.;
  • Vice chairman--Tina Williams, CEO, Mobile (Ala.) Educators CU;
  • Treasurer--Cowans;
  • Secretary--Brent Lister, CEO, First Florida CU, Jacksonville, Fla.; and
  • Immediate past president--Joe McGee, CEO, Legacy Community FCU, Birmingham, Ala.
Click to view larger image Patrick LaPine, left, president/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, presents Betty Petree, a board member at Pen Air, Pensacola, Fla., with the league's Distinguished Service Award. LaPine and Petree are joined by LSCU board Secretary Brent Lister, CEO, First Florida CU, Jacksonville, Fla. (Photos provided by League of Southeastern Credit Unions)
Other board members include:

  • Sharon Downing, CEO, Alabama River CU, Monroeville, Ala.;
  • Pat Mason, CEO, Sun CU, Hollywood, Fla.;
  • Anice Prosser, senior vice president, Envision CU, Tallahassee, Fla.;
  • Bob Steensma, CEO, Five Star CU, Dothan, Ala.;
  • Jeannette Keller, CEO, Blue Flame CU, Mobile, Ala.;
  • Leianne Harden, CEO, Florida Customs FCU, Tampa, Fla.;
  • Marie Ferngren, CEO at Hialeah (Fla.) Municipal Employees FCU;
LSCU presented seven awards during the general session. Betty Petree, a board member at Pen Air, Pensacola, Fla., received the Distinguished Service Award. Her photo will hang in the Credit Union House Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.

Other honorees included:

  • Volunteer of the Year--the late Roger Turnquist, Army Aviation Center FCU, Daleville, Ala.;
  • Professional of the Year--Jim Mitchell, Army Aviation Center FCU, Daleville, Ala.;
  • Young Professional of the Year--Brooke Covington, Alabama State Employees CU, Montgomery, Ala.;
  • Credit Union of the Year, under $100 million in assets--Tallahassee-Leon FCU, Tallahassee, Fla.;
  • Credit Union of the Year , between $100 million and $500 million in assets--Five Star CU, Dothan, Ala.; and
  • Credit Union of the Year, more than $500 million in assets--Achieva CU, Largo, Fla.
The AC&E Silent Auction, which benefits Children's Miracle Network and the FedPAC, raised more than $15,000.


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