COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West Credit Union Association has presented its annual credit union Professional and Volunteer of the Year awards at a special dinner at The Broadmoor Resort here.
The awards dinner, themed “A Night at the Oscars,” was held during the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s 5th Annual Meeting & Convention.
Each year, the Association solicits nominations to determine the Professional and Volunteer of the Year. Additionally, this year, the HOPE Award was added. HOPE stands for “Helping People Every Day.” HOPE nominees were recognized throughout the year either at their credit union, a Chapter event or within their state. Those recipients were then reviewed to determine one person to receive the first Mountain West Credit Union Association HOPE Award.
Professional of the Year
Gerry Agnes, president and CEO of Elevations Credit Union in Boulder, Colo., was named the 2015 Credit Union Professional of the Year. “Gerry has a tireless dedication to serving and it is reflected in the numerous committees and other activities that he has participated in over the years,” said Scott Earl, president and CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. “His service includes work within the credit union community and his local community, giving time and energy to matters that are vitally important to the community’s well-being.”
The MWCUA said Agnes’ leadership is demonstrated by his keen interest in his staff’s development and success. Elevations Credit Union is also known for the work it does in the community. Between volunteer hours and service on boards and commissions, employees volunteered almost 4,700 hours in 2015.
In 2014, Elevations Credit Union received the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. They were one of only four U.S. organizations to receive the honor in 2014, and the first credit union in the country to ever win. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award represents the highest honor bestowed upon U.S. organizations for their achievements in leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, operations focus, and results.
Volunteer of the Year
Phil Showalter, board member for Public Service Credit Union in Denver, was named the Volunteer of the Year. He has served the credit union movement for more than 35 years, beginning in 1980 with the Colorado Medical Credit Union where he served for 10 years, five of them as chairman of the board. In 1992, he was elected to board of directors of Public Service Credit Union, where he continues to serve today. He has served in every capacity on the executive committee, and has served on every other board committee. Outside of the credit union family, he has served for more than 20 years as a volunteer fireman, the MWCUA said.
Matthew Nichols, membership relations officer from the newly named Blue Federal Credit Union, in Cheyenne, Wyo., was named the first-ever recipient of the HOPE Award.
Nichols volunteers his time with Bike to Work, Cloud 9 Fundraiser for Relay for Life, participates in the Unite for Good Campaign, the MS Walk, the Buddy Walk and numerous other events all while serving on the board of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Blue Federal Credit Union. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Laramie and his dedication shows in how he goes above and beyond to serve the members of his credit union, the MWCUA said.