Kinston’s Ray Respess and Hickory’s Coy Hudson Recognized for Volunteer Service to State Employees’ Credit Union

Leigh Brady, Senior Vice President
Education Services, SECU
919-807-8344, fax: 919-807-8348

Raleigh, N.C., November 1 – Ray Respess of Kinston, N.C. and Coy Hudson of Hickory, N.C. were recently honored by State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) for their many years of volunteer service to the cooperative and its 1.7 million members.  The recognition took place at SECU’s 74th Annual Membership Meeting held October 11th in Greensboro, N.C. – an event attended by nearly 1,100 Credit Union members.  A video montage shown during the Meeting captured the honorees reflecting on their volunteer experiences and years of service, and the footage was followed by presentations of framed Resolutions to Respess and Hudson in honor of their outstanding accomplishments.

Ray Respess has served SECU as a Loan Review Committee (LRC) volunteer and an Advisory Board member for branches in Goldsboro and Kinston.  For the past 38 years, Respess has played instrumental roles in the growth and success of SECU through his assistance with opening new branches in the Kinston area and, as a LRC member, by ensuring members received fair reviews of loan appeals.  He still serves as a strong supporter and advocate of State Employees’ Credit Union. 

“You can be a volunteer in any organization, but being a volunteer with the Credit Union is special – you are not only a volunteer, you have ownership in the cooperative.  As a member, it makes a world of difference.  The Credit Union is there to listen and there to help,” noted Respess.

Coy Hudson has served as a dedicated Advisory Board member in Hickory for numerous years and has been influential as a representative of Catawba Valley Community College, sharing valuable insight to SECU in order to better serve fellow members.  He tirelessly promotes the unique and valuable financial services of his cooperative and demonstrates the Credit Union’s working principle of “Do the Right Thing.”  Another constant advocate of SECU, he is making a difference in the lives of members through his volunteerism.

“As a Credit Union volunteer, I can give back to the organization, trying to improve the mission and the services that are provided to members.  And I’m hearing from members that they really appreciate the extra effort the Credit Union is giving to assist them,” said Hudson.

About SECU

SECU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for almost 75 years. Currently serving 1.7 million members, SECU provides services through 239 branch offices, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website,

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