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Nine CUs take home CUNA HR/TD Council Excellence Awards
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (4/30/14)--The CUNA HR/TD Council recognized the achievements of nine credit unions during its 20th annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week.
 
Click to view larger image Whitney Stovall, Heritage Trust FCU, Summerville, S.C., left; Shawn Premer, Consumers CU, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Darlene Johnson, Suncoast CU, Tampa, Fla.; Cindy Swigert, United FCU, St. Joseph, Mich.; Shelley Muhlestein, Mountain America CU, West Jordan, Utah; Ellen Davis, Gerber FCU, Fremont, Mich.; Justin Roth, Empower FCU, Syracuse, N.Y.; and Susie Smith, Smart Financial CU, Houston. (CUNA HR/TD Council photo)
The awards honor credit unions that exemplify excellence in human resources and training, and promote credit union philosophies through leadership.
 
Empower FCU, Syracuse, N.Y., with $1.2 billion in assets, and Red Canoe CU, Longview, Wash., with $581 million in assets, won best of show for their joint project, CO-OPetition. With similar sales and service environments, the credit unions created a first-of-its-kind contest to increase the number of loan buyouts at each credit union and save members money. The three-month program saved members more than $2 million in future payments.
 
Employee engagement awards went to Gerber FCU, Fremont, Mich., less than $499 million in assets; Smart Financial CU, Houston, $500 million-$1 billion in assets; and Suncoast CU, Tampa, Fla., more than $1 billion in assets.
 
For HR/TD management practices, honorees were Heritage Trust FCU, Summerville, S.C., less than $499 million in assets; and Mountain America CU, West Jordan, Utah, more than $1 billion in assets.
 
Strategic leadership awards were bestowed on Consumers CU, Kalamazoo, Mich., for leadership and succession planning, $500 million-$1 billion in assets; and United FCU, St. Joseph, Mich., for skill-based pay, more than $1 billion in assets.
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