UNCASVILLE, Conn.–Nearly 200 people turned out for the Credit Union League of Connecticut 83rd Annual Meeting & Partner Expo at Mohegan Sun Resort here.
Themed “Black Belt Success,” the meeting recognized a number of leaders from the state for their accomplishments, while changes to the board were also announced.
Recognized for their outstanding achievements were:
- Jo-Ann Palladino, President/CEO, SoundView Financial CU, who was named 2017 Connecticut Credit Union Outstanding Professional, recognizing exemplary performance and contributions made to her credit union and the overall movement.
- Anthony Homicki, Board Member and Supervisory Committee Chair, Finex CU, who was named 2017 Connecticut Credit Union Volunteer of the Year, recognizing extraordinary commitment to the credit union movement.
- Joanne Todd, president/CEO, Northeast Family FCU, was named 2017 Advocate of the Year, recognizing exemplary political advocacy efforts.
“The good work of Connecticut’s Credit Unions providing great member service, innovative marketing, and exemplary advocacy is truly a testament of the credit union philosophy,” said Jill Nowacki, President/CEO, Credit Union League of Connecticut. “Being able to honor our members with these peer-judged awards is something I look forward to every year.”
Marketing Excellence awards recognized GE CU, Connex CU, Nutmeg State Financial CU, Seasons FCU, Achieve Financial CU, and Hartford Healthcare FCU for strategic results driven marketing.
A special honor was made to Keith Wiemert, president/CEO, Seasons FCU, for serving 16 years on the league board and his dedication to the movement.
During the meeting, sessions included a presentation by attorney Michael Bell from Howard & Howard, who discussed non-organic growth opportunities for credit unions, among four breakout sessions featuring industry-leading speakers from the NCUA, Balance Sheet Solutions, CU Wireless, and OnApproach.
Concluding the event was a keynote session from Jim Bouchard, author of top-selling books, The Sensei Leader and Think Like a Black Belt. This session developed leadership skills and provided attendees actionable tactics to take back to their credit union, according to the CULCT.
During the annual business meeting, Gail Todd of Greenwich Municipal Employees FCU and John Keet, Jr. of America’s First Network CU were re-elected to the league board. Newly elected was Andrew Klimkoski of Achieve Financial CU. No officer changes were made during the reorganization meeting; the board officers are Michael Hinchey of Wepawaug-Flagg FCU as chair, Vincent Ciambriello of Sikorsky Financial CU as vice chair, Gail Todd of Greenwich Municipal Employees FCU, as secretary, and Mark Cornacchio of First Bristol FCU, as treasurer.