ALBANY, N.Y. (5/24/11)--Edward Albright and John Bryson will be inducted into the Credit Union Association of New York’s Credit Union Hall of Fame June 5 at the association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Albright is a 25-year veteran of the credit union industry. After working as a National Credit Union Administration examiner from 1974 to 1986, he became the manager/CEO and treasurer of Dannemora (N.Y.) FCU, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. Albright also served in multiple leadership roles for the Credit Union Association of New York and its Adirondack chapter. He was his chapter’s Credit Union Legislative Action Council/Credit Union Political Action Council trustee, representing New York credit unions at federal and state governmental affairs conferences. When Dannemora FCU was recently without a CEO, Albright came out of retirement and resumed that role for nine months until a new leader could be hired.
John Bryson, who passed away in 2002, became assistant manager of Rochester (N.Y.) Telephone FCU (since renamed The Summit FCU) in 1973, and general manager shortly thereafter. Through his advocacy with NCUA and work with area employers, he grew the Telephone FCU from a single-sponsor, $7 million-asset credit union to a multi-group credit union with more than $150 million in assets. Bryson also helped form the International Telephone Credit Union Association. Long before the credit union industry had shared branching or ATMs, Bryson negotiated a deal with Lincoln First Bank (now Chase Bank) allowing credit union members to make deposits or cash checks at any of the bank’s nearly 150 upstate branches. Prior to his retirement in 1995, Bryson led the planning for the construction of The Summit FCU’s current corporate headquarters in Rochester. “Both of these individuals made credit unions their life work,” said association President/CEO William J. Mellin. “The success and stature of their respective credit unions today can be traced back to their dedication to and involvement in all aspects of the credit union movement throughout their years of service.”