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League Awards Ceremony at ‘REACH 2022’ honors credit union leaders for their amazing contributions

Jeff Napper is Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

ONTARIO, CA (November 3, 2022) — During the League Awards Ceremony on the second day of REACH 2022, credit unions, organizations, volunteers and leaders — including Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jeff Napper — were recognized in front of their peers!

Those who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the credit union movement across California and Nevada were honored for their hard work, integrity, and commitment to the credit union movement and their members, including League Award, Advocacy Award, and Chapter Award recipients.

California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra commended these leaders on their guardianship of the industry and its ideals as they continue serving members. “Each honoree, whether an individual or an organization, has proven their commitment to the credit union movement in so many ways,” she said. “We want to commend them for doing great things in their communities and for their members.”

Dykstra especially applauded and complimented Napper, president and CEO of LBS Financial CU. “Jeff Napper is a strong advocate of credit unions because he believes in the collective power of credit unions,” Dykstra said. “He lives and breaths the philosophy of ‘people helping people’.”

Napper said it was a privilege to be honored while showing his sincere appreciation for this prestigious yearly award. “I am truly honored to receive this award, and I am in awe of the legendary names of previous winners and their contributions to our movement,” he said. “Always do what’s best for your members and employees. Success will surely follow.”

This premiere annual ceremony — which continues growing each year as more credit union professionals and guests celebrate industry leaders — took place in Palm Desert, CA during the Leagues’ annual REACH 2022 conference. The League Awards have been one of the credit union industry’s most coveted, peer-nominated award programs for 48 years.

The Leagues would like to CONGRATULATE the following 2022 honorees:

  • 2022 Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award (Jeff Napper, President and CEO of LBS Financial CU) — This is the California Credit Union League’s highest recognition, honoring excellence in credit union philosophy and a lifetime of contributions to the California credit union movement. It is named after Leo H. Shapiro, father of the California credit union movement and founder of the California Credit Union League.
  • 2022 Distinguished Service Award (Teresa Campbell​, President and CEO of San Diego County CU; and Erin Mendez, President and CEO of Patelco CU) — Honors credit union professionals’ ongoing and current contributions to the credit union community.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: 2022 Social Impact Award — individual — (Elizabeth Carr, President and CEO of Santa Cruz Community CU; and Shaida Samimi, Membership Development Specialist for Patelco CU) — Honors individuals who demonstrate an unyielding dedication to building stronger communities and improving members’ lives.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: 2022 Social Impact Award — organization — (Excite CU, Kinecta FCU, and Silver State Schools CU) — Honors credit unions that demonstrate an unyielding dedication to building stronger communities and improving members’ lives.
  • 2022 J. Alvin George Outstanding Volunteer Award (Dr. Leslie Chan, Board Treasurer of Kaiperm CU; and Howard Sherer, Board Chair of Santa Cruz Community CU) — Honors significant contributions by people who serve credit unions in volunteer capacities.
  • 2022 Tomorrow’s Star Award (Alex Becerra, Relationship Manager for SAFE CU; and Alexandra Christopher, Employee Development Coordinator for Great Basin FCU) — Honors the efforts of up-and-coming credit union leaders aged 35 and under, and encourages the development of future leaders.
  • 2022 Kim Bannan Eternal Flame Award — individual — (Karen Introcaso, President and CEO of Kaiperm CU) — Honors individuals’ contributions to the success of Shapiro Group credit unions.
  • 2022 Kim Bannan Eternal Flame Award — organization — (CUNA Mutual Group) — Honors credit unions and other organizations’ contributions to the success of Shapiro Group credit unions.

The League Awards Ceremony also recognized League Advocacy Award honorees for their ongoing commitment to political advocacy on behalf of credit unions and their members, as well as displaying extraordinary leadership within political action. The credit union movement wouldn’t be where it is today without political advocates who have devoted their time and resources to fighting on behalf of their credit union members throughout 2022 in Sacramento, CA, Carson City, NV, and Washington, D.C.:

  • 2022 California PAC Advocate of the Year: Eric Day, Senior Vice President of Board Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives for CU of Southern California.
  • 2022 Nevada PAC Advocate of the Year: Scott Arkills, President and CEO of Silver State Schools CU.
  • 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Rebecca Collier, Board Secretary for California CU.
  • 2022 Shapiro Advocate of the Year: Jake Harbour, President and CEO of Santa Barbara County FCU.
  • 2022 Nevada Advocate of the Year: Rick Schmidt, President and CEO of WestStar CU.
  • 2022 California Advocate of the Year: Linda Rossi, President and CEO of Ventura County CU.
  • 2022 Political Professional of the Year: Brent Tercero, Executive Director of Credit Union Advocacy for SchoolsFirst FCU.
  • 2022 Nevada Advocate Credit Union of the Year: Boulder Dam CU.
  • 2022 California Advocate Credit Union of the Year: California Coast CU.
  • 2022 Supplier of the Year: ASI (American Share Insurance).

Leagues Chapter Awards for 2022 were also presented to chapters and individuals for outstanding accomplishments, which (for this year) included:

  • 2022 Chapter Award of Excellence (Honors excellence in volunteerism within League Chapters): Marvel Ford (Greater Valley Chapter) and Terrance Davis (Tri-County Chapter).

Stay Engaged During REACH
Attendees and League staff will be sharing photos, comments and memories through Twitter (@CUatREACH), LinkedIn (#CUatREACH), and the REACH 2022 Photo Gallery.

REACH is one of the credit union industry’s premier annual events, attracting leaders and system partners from across California, Nevada and the United States. This year it’s held from Nov. 1 – 4 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA!

Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jeff Napper (middle-right), who is President and CEO of LBS Financial CU — with Nevada Credit Union League Board Chairman Matt Kershaw (left), California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra (left-middle), and California Credit Union League Board Member Geri LaChance.


About California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues

Headquartered in Ontario, California, the Leagues exist to help credit unions change people’s lives by supporting their operations, guidance, strategy and philosophy. Our trade association helps local credit unions in California serve more than 13.5 million members and those in Nevada serve nearly 400,000 members. Credit unions are for people, not profit!

Contacts

Karla Davis
Vice President of Communications and Marketing
California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
karlad@ccul.org

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