TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (8/5/09)--The League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) welcomed Patrick La Pine to its Florida offices Monday to begin his tenure as president/CEO of the league, created by the consolidation of the Florida and Alabama Credit Union Leagues.
La Pine replaces retiring CEOs Guy Hood of the Florida league and Gary Wolter of the Alabama league. La Pine, previously executive vice president of association services at the Michigan Credit Union League, said he believes strongly in advocacy and service to LSCU's members. "Everything we do as a league will begin and end with what is in the best interest of our member credit unions in mind," said La Pine. "'Advocacy and Information' (legislative, regulatory/compliance, communications and education) will be the cornerstone of our new association." La Pine will spend the first several months dividing his time between the Tallahassee and Birmingham offices to get to know staff and better understand both leagues' functions. The league is also setting up town hall meetings across both states to provide opportunities for credit unions to meet and spend time with him. "I look forward to working with staff and our members as we mold the new LSCU," he said. "I start this job with two very strong and solid beliefs: a profound love for credit unions and the job they are doing every day to enrich the lives of their members, and the pride I feel in being given the opportunity to lead this organization and the people who work for it." The combined league represents 332 credit unions with $55 billion in total assets.