GREENSBORO, N.C. (4/16/13)--
Elizabeth N. "Sis" Hamilton was just a teen in 1943, when she became the secretary of the board of directors at Tri-City Telco CU, now Summit CU. After 70 years of service, Hamilton--the longest-serving credit union volunteer in U.S. history--has decided not to seek re-election to the board.
Hamilton was the manager and CEO of Greensboro, N.C., based Summit CU for 55 years, before retiring in 2003. During that time, she managed as many as five other credit unions while running Summit, which has $138.8 million in assets, with roughly 24,000 members.
A trailblazer, Hamilton held volunteer leadership roles locally and nationally. She spent 25 years on the North Carolina Credit Union League Board as its first female member, 21 years on the Credit Union National Association Board, and 12 years on the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors Council Board.
Her career gained her accolades in the industry, including the 2003 prestigious Order of Longleaf Pine and the 2007 Larry Johnson Order of Merit Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award presented to North Carolina credit union leaders. In 2012, Hamilton was named North Carolina Credit Union Volunteer of the Year.