MWCUA mourns the passing of a credit union icon

DENVER, CO (March 27, 2018) — It’s with heavy hearts that Mountain West Credit Union Association announces the passing of Susan Brayman. She was a long-time credit union leader and pioneer, epitomizing what credit unions stand for – serving people.

Sue began her credit union career with the Colorado Credit Union League in 1973 and rose through the ranks to executive vice president. Sue holds the distinction of being the first woman vice president of a League in the country. She directed the growth of the Service Corporation to a $14 million organization that was nationally known for its business excellence.  Sue also lent her expertise at the national level leading several committees and initiatives for the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Scott Earl, President and CEO of MWCUA said, “Sue always stayed focused on what was best for credit unions and their members. She was a friend and mentor and will be greatly missed.”

Sue spearheaded the creation of the Colorado Credit Union Foundation, the forerunner to today’s Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. “She saw a need and worked to make the Foundation a reality,” Earl added. “Her heart was always focused on helping people.”

Sue retired from the League in 1999 but stayed actively involved in credit unions as a member of the Bellco Credit Union Board of Directors and through other consulting projects. She is the namesake of the MWCUA Foundation’s Brayman-Beach scholarship, a $5,000 award given annually to a student who is a member of a Colorado-based credit union seeking a business degree from a four-year accredited institution.

Susan Brayman

About Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional trade association representing member credit unions, 4.2 million credit union members and $65 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports the interests of member credit unions through advocacy, community outreach, education and training, public affairs, regulatory and compliance services, and strategic partnerships. Follow us on twitter at, Facebook at and Instagram at To learn more visit


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