Credit Unions paint their future at Connecticut Annual Meeting & Vendor Expo
MERIDEN, CT (May 10, 2019) — The Credit Union League of Connecticut celebrated its 85th Annual Meeting & Vendor Expo on Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. The two-day event focused on the theme “Create Your Fantastic Future,” where attendees from 46 credit unions enjoyed the opportunity to network with colleagues, hear from renowned speakers, and meet with valued system partners to paint a canvas of success for their credit union.
The event featured 47 vendors, including CUNA Mutual Group, PSCU, and CU Certified. Attendees enjoyed four high impact sessions on topics including new innovations and uses of data to improve the member experience from PSCU, an expert panel focusing on cannabis banking, another panel on consumer financial health, and a closing keynote from author and artist Sam Glenn about the power of attitude.
During the annual business meeting, members of the League re-elected directors Karen Viets of Metropolitan District Employees CU and Vincent Ciambriello of Sikorsky CU to the League board. Newly elected to the board was John Holt of Nutmeg State Financial CU. The board officers selected were Michael Hinchey of Crosspoint FCU as chair, Vincent Ciambriello of Sikorsky CU as vice chair, Gail Todd of Greenwich Municipal EFCU as secretary, and Andrew Klimkoski as treasurer.
At the conclusion of the annual business meeting, award presentations were made to honor three individuals for their outstanding contributions to the credit union industry:
* Octavia Gaines, Lending Manager, Hartford FCU, was named 2019 Connecticut Credit Union Outstanding Professional, recognizing exemplary performance and contributions made to her credit union and the overall system.
* Jane Desrosiers, Board President, Northeastern CT Healthcare CU, was named 2019 Connecticut Credit Union Volunteer of the Year, recognizing extraordinary commitment to the credit union movement.
* Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT 4th District), was named the inaugural Legislator of the Year, recognizing his commitment to supporting credit unions and their member-constituents.
Marketing Excellence awards recognized American Eagle Financial CU, Connex CU, GE CU, Greater Hartford Police FCU, Metropolitan District Employees CU, Northeast Family FCU, Nutmeg State Financial CU, and SoundView Financial CU for strategic results driven marketing. Special recognition and thanks were given to Larry Holderman, President/CEO at Mutual Security CU for his more than 40 years of service to the credit union movement, and to Mark Cornacchio, President/CEO, First Bristol FCU, for his service on the League board and committees.
Jill Nowacki, President/CEO, Credit Union League of Connecticut; Octavia Gaines, Lending Manager, Hartford FCU; Edward p. Danek Jr., President/CEO, Hartford FCU
Jane Desrosiers, Board President, Northeastern CT Healthcare CU; Jill Nowacki, President/CEO, Credit Union League of Connecticut
Jill Nowacki, President/CEO, Credit Union League of Connecticut; Larry Holderman, President/CEO, Mutual Security CU
About Credit Union League of Connecticut
The Credit Union League of Connecticut (CULCT) is a statewide non-profit trade association serving credit unions throughout Connecticut. Through consumer advocacy initiatives and providing credit unions essential resources, CULCT is a valued partner in making Connecticut's credit unions successful. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives. By uniting for good, Connecticut’s Credit Unions are your best financial partner. No matter where you live or work in Connecticut, there’s one for you.
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