PALM BEACH, Fla. (11/22/11)--Bill Mellin, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New York, was elected the new chairman of the American Association of
Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) Executive Board at the AACUL annual business meeting Nov. 19. Mellin leads a newly elected AACUL Executive Board that also includes:
- First vice chairman--Wendell Lyons, CEO of the Kentucky Credit Union League;
- Second vice chairman--Tracie Kenyon, CEO of the Montana Credit Union Network;
- Treasurer--John Radebaugh, CEO of the North Carolina Credit Union League; and
- Secretary--Mark Cummins, CEO of the Minnesota Credit Union Network.
Mellin has served on the AACUL Board since 2004, most recently as first vice chairman. He has also served as the chairman of CULAC, the political action committee of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). As chairman of AACUL, Mellin will be an ex-officio member of the CUNA Board of Directors as well as the CUNA Executive Committee, and will participate in a leadership role with other credit union system organizations.
"The AACUL Board has been at the forefront of key industry issues and, with the support of leagues, has been integral in developing new initiatives to help the credit union system grow and thrive," said Mellin. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on the AACUL Executive Board to build on these accomplishments."
Key AACUL initiatives of the past year include the development and launch of a new website, aSmarterChoice.org,
to help consumers learn about credit unions and find one they are eligible to join; development of a new "Plan to Win" political and grassroots mobilization strategy; and the establishment of a new AACUL Regulatory Advocacy Advisory Committee to address regulatory burden issues and bring together best practices between CUNA and the leagues.
AACUL was founded in 1942 as the International Association of Managing Directors and is comprised of state credit union associations representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. AACUL's mission is based on the premise that the vitality of the credit union community is enhanced by a strong three-tiered system that has advocacy as its primary focus.