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Who will be CU Hero of the Year
MADISON, Wis. (3/27/12)--Credit Union Magazine is asking the credit union movement to help recognize four credit union leaders nominated by readers as "CU Heroes."

Their accomplishments have been published in the magazine, which is published by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Now it's time to select the 2012 CU Hero of the Year.

The candidates are:

  • Rudy Hanley, president/CEO, SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, Calif. His political involvement, work ethic, and integrity have benefited his own credit union and the credit union movement overall. Hanley took the helm of SchoolsFirst Federal in 1982. The credit union's charter has expanded over the years to serve public and private school employees in 10 Southern California counties.
  • Ron Kase, CEO, Landmark CU, New Berlin, Wis. One of Kase's proudest accomplishments is leading his credit union through remarkable growth, including the creation of 450 jobs in southeastern Wisconsin. During his 38 years leading Landmark, the credit union has grown from four employees, $2 million in assets, and 2,500 members in 1973, to its current 450 employees, $1.6 billion in assets, and 165,000 members.
  • Frank Matous Sr. (posthumous), former CEO of Tandem FCU, Warren, Mich. A credit union pioneer, he encouraged his four sons to stay active in the credit union movement. Matous and five other Chrysler workers each deposited $10 to form Dodge Truck Forge and Amplex FCU in 1941. Today, the credit union—renamed Tandem Federal in the late 1950s--has 3,137 members and $20 million in assets.
  • Joe Robertson, retired president/CEO, Our Community CU, Shelton, Wash. His credit union garnered a record $18 million increase in total deposits for 2009 (doubling the previous year's increase), during the slow recovery from the recession. Robertson's retirement comes on the heels of a 35-year career in the credit union movement--all of it at Our Community. He also served on the CUNA board of directors.
To vote, use the link. Voting will take place through April 30. This year's winner will be honored at CUNA's America's Credit Union Conference in San Diego, June 17-20.

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