BOISE, Idaho (5/17/13)--The Idaho Credit Union League elected a new board chair and a presented awards for outstanding professional of the year and outstanding volunteer of the year at the league's 77th annual meeting in Couer d'Alene.
Shane Berger, CEO of Beehive FCU in Rexburg, was elected board chair.
Former Board Chair Brent Neibaur, CEO of Advantage Plus FCU in Pocatello, completed his term May 10.
Berger, who has been CEO of Beehive FCU for 28 years, is a previous recipient of the Idaho Credit Union League's Professional of the Year Award. He has been an active member of the league for many years, serving on the board and the Board of League Services Inc.--a wholly-owned subsidiary--as well as committees, including Member Advocacy Subcommittee, Governmental Affairs Committee and League Finance Committee.
He also serves on the World Leadership Development Committee and on Catalyst Corporate CU's Advisory Council.
The league named Greg Sonnen, CEO of Cottonwood Community FCU in Cottonwood the winner of this year's Outstanding Professional of Year the Award.
When Sonnen began as CEO in 2004, the credit union had assets of $28,713,661. Under his leadership, the credit union now has more than $73 million in assets. Sonnen attends the league's educational and governmental affairs events and serves on its committees. He recently was appointed to the Board of Directors of League Services Inc. He participates at the national level by traveling to Washington, D.C., to present Idaho credit union concerns to Idaho's congressional delegation.
The league named Kimber Ricks, board director, Beehive FCU in Rexburg, as this year's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award-winner. Ricks has served as Beehive FCU's vice chair and on several committees.
Ricks also serves on a subcommittee of the league's Governmental Affairs Committee, and has participated in trips to Washington, D.C., to meet with the Idaho congressional delegation.