INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Credit Union League has announced the election of its table officers as well as the winners of its annual awards. Results were announced during the league’s convention here at which more than 450 people were in attendance.
The new table offices include:
- Chairman: Dallas Bergl, INOVA FCU, Elkhart
- Vice Chairman: Kevin Ryan, Financial Center First CU, Indianapolis
- Board Secretary: Kevin Sparks, Crane CU, Odon
- Treasurer: Dave Abernathy, Via CU, Marion
Also serving on the board are: Nina Baker, ProFed FCU, Fort Wayne; Chuck Donovan, Members Source CU, Merrillville; Matt Lambert, Encompass FCU, Tipton; Karen Madry, Afena FCU, Marion; and Karla Salisbury, KEMBA CU, Indianapolis.
Meanwhile, the league has also recognized:
- Professional Achievement Award, to Bill Schirmer, president/CEO of Evansville Teachers FCU. “Bill has been in the credit union business since 1990, and CEO of his credit union since 2012 during which time the credit union has surpassed $1.5 billion in assets and grown to serve more than 200,000 members. A variety of products have been introduced to meet the vast and varying needs of the membership, including Vertical and Platinum Rewards checking accounts, which returned $2.3 million to members who took advantage of them,” the ICUL said. A major expansion is taking place under Schirmer’s leadership. Recently, the credit union opened an 82,000-square-foot main facility in Evansville as well as branch offices in Washington and Fort Branch Indiana, Bowling Green, Kentucky and Franklin, Tennessee. Additionally, the credit union operates mortgage lending operations under the Liberty Financial brand in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, and it has agreed to acquire American Founders Bank in Louisville.”
- Indiana CU Hall of Fame Inductee, Doug True, CEO of FORUM CU. “Since coming to the credit union in 1988 as a management trainee, True has risen to the position of CEO of the credit union which serves more than 150,000 members. Early in his career he developed the TAPS lending software solution that was used at FORUM CU as well as at credit unions around the country. He was the first-ever recipient of the League’s Emerging Leadership Award in 2007, and his skills and talent have been recognized with the CUES Technology Executive Award and Rising 100 Award. His biggest contribution to the next generation of credit union leaders in Indiana is the development of the League’s ignite initiative after serving as an inaugural member of the Filene Research Council’s i3 group. More than 100 igniters have been part of the League’s ignite program which is in its eleventh year.”
- Indiana CU Hall of Fame inductee, Dave Fleming, retired CEO of Partners 1st Federal Credit Union. “Fleming’s career began in 1973 when he was a loan officer/collector at what was then known as Magnavox Credit Union. Fleming rose to the position of CEO, and the credit union eventually became Philips Electronics FCU then changed to Partners 1st in 2006. Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Partners 1st FCU serves more than 37,000 members. Fleming has been an active member of numerous community and charitable organizations in northeast Indiana, and he served on the board of directors for the Northeastern Chapter of Credit Unions.”
- Leadership Achievement Award, to Rona Edquist, supervisory Committee member of First Trust Credit Union (CU) in Michigan City. “Edquist is a longtime credit union member and began her volunteer life with First Trust CU when she joined the Credit Committee in 1985. She had always loved the credit union and was interested in the lending process, so this was a perfect fit,” ICUL said. “Eventually, the lending process became more centralized and the need for a credit committee ended. It was then that Rona was named to the Supervisory Committee. In that role, she is actively involved in seeking auditing firms that will fulfill the exam requirements for the credit union, and she manages a group of volunteers who share her excitement and enthusiasm for things like the Bank Secrecy Act, verification of accounts, loan document review and other examination hot topics. Her efforts have earned praise for the credit union from the NCUA and DFI, and she has shared her expertise and best practices with other credit unions.”
- Emerging Leadership Award to Jennifer Horton of KEMBA Credit Union (CU) in Indianapolis. “Horton has been with KEMBA CU for the past 10 years. Prior to then, she worked in positions with other credit union organizations, and she has always been in a role of member service. At KEMBA CU she has been an important member of the management team, training, mentoring and coaching many employees over the years to be member champions. While guiding the professional development of her colleagues has been a focus, she has also spent time one-one-one with credit union members helping them with budgeting, saving, credit repair and other guidance that has proven to be life-changing for them.”
- Emerging Leadership Award to Danielle Combs of Crane Credit Union (CU) in Odon. “Combs has been with Crane CU since 2013, starting in the eCommerce Department. She moved to cards where she was instrumental in converting the credit union’s debit and credit card programs to PSCU. After that she was assigned to risk management, a program she has built from the ground up. Most notable is Horton’s dedication to emerging leaders in her own organization. She was one of the founders of the credit union’s LEAD program, which stands for Leadership, Education, and Development. Employees apply to participate for one-year terms, and the program consists of monthly meetings, speakers and outings during that time. Recently, the LEAD group has done beautification and landscaping in Loogootee, one of the credit union’s branch communities.”
- Emerging Leadership Award to Chris Sipes of Via Credit Union (CU) in Marion. “Starting at the credit union as a loan officer, Sipes was its first-ever indirect lending manager and has been quite successful at growing that department to about 65% of the credit union’s loan portfolio. He has been successful at finding more outlets for all of the credit union’s loan products since becoming vice president of retail and consumer lending last year.”