Minnesota Credit Union Presidents Inducted Into National Hall of Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC – Two longtime Minnesota credit union presidents – Gail Krall and Bill Winter – were inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in Washington, D.C., last week in recognition of their dedication to upholding the credit union mission. This honor is given to those whose commitment has made a significant impact on the credit union movement at the local, state and national levels. Krall and Winter are both influential and respected forces in the industry.

Krall, President/CEO of Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union, has played a vital role in the Minnesota credit union movement for more than 30 years. Her dedication is seen in her willingness to give her time, resources and energy to credit unions. She is a leader for the state’s credit unions, serving on the Minnesota Credit Union Network Board of Directors and the Network Service Corporation Board for five years. She’s also a powerful advocate for credit unions in the political arena through her work on the Network’s Political Involvement Committee. Krall has also been a strong supporter of Shared Branching through her role with the Minnesota Credit Union Service Corporation.

Krall and Winter accepted their awards at a ceremony during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA’s) Governmental Affairs Conference. Krall expressed great appreciation for the honor and thanked her fellow credit union peers.

“It’s not about me but about you and your predecessors that helped me get to where I am today. That’s why I stuck with the credit union cooperative movement 45 years ago,” Krall said.

Winter, CEO of St. Cloud Federal Credit Union, is a modest leader who inspires others through his involvement and passion. For more than 17 years, he has been actively leading the credit union movement, constantly challenging the industry to move forward. Over the past decade, he has given his time and resources to Minnesota credit unions through positions on the Minnesota Credit Union Network Board of Directors, the Network Service Corporation Board, and the Minnesota Item Processing Corporation Board. Winter is a member of the Network’s Political Involvement Committee and, as an advocate for credit unions, he dedicates himself to helping credit unions thrive – for years to come.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have so many mentors from the credit union movement,” Winter said during the induction ceremony. He is an active member of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, which he said is critical to being involved and raising awareness of credit unions in the community.

“Gail and Bill are integral parts of the growth and success of credit unions – in Minnesota and nationwide,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark D. Cummins. “The Hall of Leaders recognizes credit union advocates, like Gail and Bill, from across the country who have been leaders in their communities. Credit Union House on Capitol Hill is a great way to remind everyone in Washington about the power of credit unions.”

Developed in 2008, the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders recognizes credit union professionals and volunteers whose commitment to service has inspired others in the credit union movement. The names of honorees are prominently displayed in Credit Union House to remind visitors of those who have volunteered their time to perpetuate the credit union movement and who remain committed to the values and mission on which credit unions were founded.

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is an organization representing the state’s 134 not-for-profit cooperative credit unions serving more than 1.5 million member-owners in Minnesota.  For more information, visit


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