J. Marvin Hawk recognized as CUES 2017 Distinguished Director

RADCLIFF, KY (December 13, 2017) — J. Marvin Hawk, Chairman of Fort Knox Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors, has been selected as the CUES® 2017 Distinguished Director and was recognized at the CUES Directors Conference this week.

Hawk has been a credit union volunteer since 1978 and a Board Member since 1981, serving several terms as Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. He was inducted into the Defense Credit Union Council Hall of Honor in 2016 and received the Steve Brody Outstanding Volunteer Award for the State of Kentucky in 2011.

“Marvin truly embodies the cooperative spirit and drives Fort Knox Federal to improve our members’ financial lives everyday by delivering the highest value products and services,” says Ray Springsteen, CEO of Fort Knox Federal. “His dedication and commitment over nearly four decades has made a real difference for our member-owners.”

The Board of Directors, all volunteers, is committed to improving the financial lives of members while ensuring the safety and soundness of the organization.  Directors are elected by their peer member-owners to be their representatives. They govern the general direction and control of the credit union in accordance with the Federal Credit Union Act, the by-laws, sound business practices, laws, and regulations.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as the 2017 Distinguished Director by CUES. I have seen firsthand how much Fort Knox Federal has improved the lives of our members and our broader community. As Board members, I believe the more we educate ourselves, the better equipped we are to live the ‘people helping people’ philosophy,” says Hawk.

As a Fort Knox Federal Board member, Hawk has continued his professional education through attending the Directors Leadership Institute and successfully completing all Credit Union National Association Volunteer Achievement and Leadership Program educational modules. He has also encouraged his fellow board members to become well-informed in credit union matters and been instrumental in developing a new board governance policy and an extensive onboarding program for new board members. As noted by CUES, his leadership at Fort Knox Federal has led to directors completing 663 educational training sessions.

Additional information about the CUES 2017 Distinguished Director award may be found here.

Jo Exler, Board Treasurer; Henry Wheatley, Director; J. Marvin Hawk, Chairman, Ray Springsteen, CEO; and George Pennington, Director.

About Fort Knox Federal Credit Union

Fort Knox Federal is a local, not-for-profit financial cooperative that has been serving the community since 1950. We are the largest Kentucky-based credit union with approximately $1.6 billion in assets and were named Favorite Mortgage Lender and Favorite Financial Institution in the 2019 News-Enterprise Readers Choice Survey. Fort Knox Federal exists to improve the financial lives of its members, which now include over 105,000 individuals in our civilian and military communities. It’s simple to become a member, visit our website at to see how you may be eligible.


Eldon Tilley
Fort Knox Federal Credit Union
502.942.0254 ext. 6262

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