WASHINGTON (8/8/08)--For only the third time in 21 years, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Awards & Recognition Committee has seen fit to name two winners in a single category for the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. Winners of the 21st Annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards for Individual Achievement will be:
* Rita Haynes, manager and CEO of Faith Community United CU in Cleveland, Ohio; and * Tom Sargent, president/CEO of First Tech CU in Beaverton, Ore.
“Rita and Tom’s achievements are both extraordinary and unique,” said NCUF Awards & Recognition Committee Chairman and Wegner Awards Dinner Emcee Bob Schumacher, CEO of MountainCrest CU, Arlington, Wash. “Rita’s achievements in payday loan alternatives, second chance auto loans and foreclosure preventions are shining examples of how credit unions can change lives by providing affordable financial services in low-income communities,” Schumacher said. “And her achievements are especially amazing coming from a credit union with only $10 million in assets and four full-time staff.” “Tom’s achievements in fundraising for ‘Credit Unions for Kids’ transcend even the largest individual credit unions,” Schumacher said. “Inspired by a personal commitment, Tom has achieved what only the most effective national credit union leaders have done throughout our history--uniting credit unions across the country around a single cause. Tom has motivated credit unions of all sizes to do life-changing charity work in communities supporting Children’s Hospitals,” he added. Haynes and Sargent will be honored at the 21st Annual Wegner Awards Dinner presented by NCUF on Feb. 23 at the Grand Hyatt Washington on the opening night of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA's) 2009 Governmental Affairs Conference. Online registration will be available this fall. The Wegner Awards are named in honor of the late CUNA CEO Herb Wegner For more on innovations by Haynes and Sargent, use the Resource Link.