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MnCUN recognizes professional volunteer of year
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (4/14/11)--The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) announced the recipients of its two most prestigious awards Saturday. The Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer of the Year and the Outstanding Credit Union Professional of the Year Awards are honors bestowed on two individuals for demonstrated excellence in the movement.
George and Kay Rossez of St. John’s CU, Little Canada, received the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s 2011 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Award Saturday for their 50 years of service to the credit union movement.
These and other awards were presented at a banquet held during the MnCUN 2011 Annual Meeting and Convention Friday and Saturday in Bloomington, Minn. This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award honorees were George and Kay Rossez of St. John’s CU in Little Canada. The joint recognition acknowledged the Rossezes’ credit union careers, which have been closely intertwined the past 50 years. George served as the credit union’s manager from 1962 to 1974 and helped grow its assets by more than $1 million. During his tenure as manager, Kay volunteered at the credit union in a variety of capacities. In 1972, she became a paid employee of the credit union and eventually took over as CEO after George retired.
For the past 30 years, Kyle Markland, president/CEO of Affinity Plus FCU, St. Paul, has served the credit union movement. On Saturday, he received the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s 2011 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award. (Photos provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network)
Even though they both have retired from the credit union, the Rossezes continue to volunteer and be active members. George has served on the credit union’s board of directors since 1983 and regularly volunteers for additional committee assignments. Kay, an active leader, serving on the supervisory committee and providing guidance on credit union issues. They are both political advocates for the credit union movement and have regularly attended the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference for the past 20 years. MnCUN’s Professional of the Year Award is Kyle Markland of Affinity Plus FCU in St. Paul. Markland has worked in the credit union movement for 30 years, serving the past 14 years as Affinity Plus FCU’s president/CEO. Under Markland, the credit union has grown from $357 million to more than $1 billion in assets and doubled its membership. He led the credit union in implementing innovative and outstanding service by introducing business models that gained the attention of Harvard Business School. Markland has also been an integral part of the credit union movement serving on a number of board and committees for Members United Corporate FCU, CUNA, Member Gateways, and the Filene Research Institute. Also, Markland serves as MnCUN’s board chair.


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