PHOENIX–Susan Brayman, a pioneer among women in credit union leadership, has died.
Ms. Brayman began her credit union career with the Colorado Credit Union League in 1973 and rose through the ranks to executive vice president.
Ms. Brayman holds the distinction of being the first woman vice president of a league in the country, according to the Mountain West Credit Union Association, which now represents credit unions in Colorado.
According to the MWCUA, Ms. Brayman directed the growth of the Service Corporation to a $14 million organization that was nationally known for its business excellence. She also lent her expertise at the national level leading several committees and initiatives for the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) and CUNA, the association said.
"Sue always stayed focused on what was best for credit unions and their members,” said Scott Earl, president and CEO of the MWCUA. “She was a friend and mentor and will be greatly missed."
Ms. Brayman also spearheaded the creation of the Colorado Credit Union Foundation, the forerunner to today's Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. "She saw a need and worked to make the Foundation a reality," Earl added. "Her heart was always focused on helping people."
Ms. Brayman retired from the league in 1999 but stayed actively involved in credit unions as a member of the Bellco Credit Union board of directors and through other consulting projects. She is the namesake of the MWCUA Foundation's Brayman-Beach scholarship, a $5,000 award given annually to a student who is a member of a Colorado-based credit union seeking a business degree from a four-year accredited institution.