Eight credit union professionals, volunteers, and credit unions honored with 2015 LSCU Awards

BIRMINGHAM, AL/TALLAHASSEE, FL (June 24, 2015) – The League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU) announced the recipients of the LSCU Awards on Friday, June 19, during the Dinner, Entertainment, and Silent Auction event at the 2015 Southeast Credit Union Conference & Expo (SCUCE). Three credit unions and five executives were recognized for their work and dedication with these awards. For the first time, there was a tie in one category so two Professional of the Year awards were given.

The awards highlighted professionals, volunteers, and credit unions that have made outstanding contributions to the development and growth of the credit union movement in Alabama and Florida. Each award was also accompanied by a video highlighting the good works of each recipient.

“This year our awards committee had 34 nominees in total,” said LSCU President/CEO Patrick La Pine. “It was a daunting task to pick winners in each category. So many of the individuals have given tirelessly to not only seeing that their credit union succeeds, but to help their fellow credit unions and lend their expertise. The credit unions showed a passion not only for their members but their community as well.”

The prestigious LSCU Award categories and winners were:

  • Distinguished Service Award: James Phillips, former manager of BF Goodrich E CU (now Alabama One), credit union consultant
  • Professional of the Year (tie): Betty Mixon, CEO, Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union
    Bob Steensma, CEO, Five Star Credit Union
  • Young Professional of the Year: Heather Mouhourtis, assistant branch manager, Community First Credit Union of FL
  • Volunteer of the Year: Larry “Mack” Lee, board director, supervisory committee chairman, Coosa Pines Credit Union
  • Credit Union of the Year:
    • Up to $100 million in assets: Riverdale Credit Union
    • $100-$500 million in assets: Jax Federal Credit Union
    • $500 million or more: Florida Credit Union

As part of his Distinguished Service Award, Phillips picture will hang in the Credit Union House Hall of Fame.

The recipients of the awards are chosen by the LSCU Awards Committee which is comprised of representatives from LSCU member credit unions with a focus on credit union and community improvement. The winner is ratified on the basis of the nominations and supporting information received.

The League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates represents 276 credit unions in Alabama and Florida with a combined total of $68 billion in assets and more than 6.8 million members. LSCU provides advocacy and regulatory information; education and training; cooperative initiatives (including financial education outreach); media relations and information; and business solutions. For more information, visit Follow the League on Twitter or Facebook.

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