NAFCU names 8 winners in 2021 Annual Awards competition

WASHINGTON, DC (August 25, 2021) — The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) has named eight winners in its 2021 Annual Awards Competition, which honors member credit unions and credit union professionals and volunteers for excellence and achievement in the industry. Award winners will be recognized during NAFCU’s Annual Congressional Caucus, Sept. 12-15, 2021.

“This year’s award winners have truly exemplified the credit union mission. Over the past year, they provided pivotal services to their communities as the nation faced financial hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic,” says NAFCU Awards Committee Chair Melanie Kennedy, president and CEO of Southwest Financial Federal Credit Union. “NAFCU is honored to recognize these winners for representing the credit union industry and providing immeasurable support to both their communities and credit union members.”

This year’s Annual Awards Competition recognized the CEO of the Year, Professional of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Credit Union of the Year in each of two asset-size categories: $250 million or less, and more than $250 million.

CEO of the Year

Paula Lehn, FAST Federal Credit Union ($250 million or less)
Chris Rutledge, Gulf Winds Credit Union (more than $250 million)

Professional of the Year

Armand Parvazi, New Orleans Fireman’s Federal Credit Union ($250 million or less)
Julie Gamblin, True Sky Credit Union (more than $250 million)

Volunteer of the Year

Myles Dunn, Local 804 Credit Union ($250 million or less)

Anthony Taylor, Ascend Federal Credit Union (more than $250 million)

Credit Union of the Year

New Orleans Fireman’s Federal Credit Union ($250 million or less)
Michigan First Credit Union (more than $250 million)

The winners will be featured in the upcoming September-October issue of The NAFCU Journal magazine.

For more information about the awards, visit

NAFCU’s Annual Awards competition is open to NAFCU member-credit unions, their staff, and volunteers. Winners are chosen by a committee of peers based on entries exemplifying above-and-beyond achievements, dedication, service in the community and leadership.


The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions is the only national trade association focusing exclusively on federal issues affecting the nation’s federally-insured credit unions. NAFCU membership is direct and provides credit unions with the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance. For more information on NAFCU, go to or @NAFCU on Twitter.


Molly Safreed, (NAFCU)

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