MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (11/22/13, UPDATED: 9:50 A.M. ET)--The Massachusetts Credit Union League (MCUL) Board of Directors has named Paul Gentile as President/CEO effective Jan. 6th.
Gentile succeeds Dan Egan who is retiring after 32 years of service to the League. The Massachusetts Credit Union League has management agreements in place with the New Hampshire Credit Union League and the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island. The appointment of Gentile culminates a comprehensive search process that included members of the boards from each of the three leagues.
"Paul is a proven leader. He brings a track record of success in advocacy, communication and product development that will serve our member credit unions well as we strive to meet their changing needs," said St. Jeans CU CEO and MCUL Chairman David Surface.
Gentile currently serves as Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications for the Credit Union National Association. During his tenure at CUNA, he helped launch a number of new national communication vehicles, including The Cheney Report and Inside Exchange.
"It is a great honor to succeed Dan and build on the strong foundation he helped create here. I look forward to working strategically with the dedicated volunteers on the boards and the talented staff to best serve our member credit unions in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island," said Gentile.
Prior to CUNA, Gentile was the President/CEO of the New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL). Under his leadership, NJCUL spearheaded cooperative advocacy initiatives such as the statewide "Banking You Can Trust" consumer awareness campaign and successful passage of public deposit legislation that enabled New Jersey's credit unions to accept public funds. NJCUL also developed a student loan credit union service organization, a shared compliance program, a regional conference (Credit Union Reality Check), and an array of strategic communication tools during his tenure. Before joining NJCUL, Gentile was the Editor/Publisher of Credit Union Times, the nation's largest independent credit union trade publication.
CUNA CEO Bill Cheney wished Gentile well in his new role. "In a short time, Paul has made significant advancements here at CUNA. I am thrilled that he remains part of the CUNA/League system and I look forward to our continued partnership as he brings his leadership to the three associations," said Cheney.
"It has been a great experience at the national association. CUNA has a dedicated team of professionals that are relentlessly advocating for the credit union system. The work being done here in Washington is not easy, and they do it well. From their tireless work on the Hill to their advocacy with NCUA, CFPB and other key regulators, they are constantly moving the ball forward so credit unions have a good operating environment to succeed," said Gentile.
MCUL blazed the trail for league cooperation with the New Hampshire management agreement in 1985 and later with the Rhode Island agreement in 1992. The leagues are managed under the jointly owned New England Credit Union Services.