Oakland, McCormack, Haegelin, & Canepa Bang honored by NCUF

(March 6, 2014) — The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) presented four Herb Wegner  Memorial Awards at its annual dinner Monday night. Denise Gabel, Chief  Operating Officer of the Northwest Credit Union Association, served as the  night’s emcee.

The awards ceremony celebrated  four of the highest national honors in the credit union movement:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Gary Oakland, retired President/CEO of BECU;
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jim McCormack, retired President/CEO of Pennsylvania Credit Union Association;
  • Lifetime Achievement: Tim Haegelin, retired President/CEO of Generations FCU; and
  • Individual Achievement: Sarah Canepa Bang, President/COO of CO-OP Shared Branching – FSCC, LLC and Chief Strategy Officer of CO-OP Shared Branching

This is the first time in  NCUF’s history that three awards for Lifetime Achievement were given. Click here to learn more about this year’s award winners.

“I’ve worked with and admired so  many who have been recognized with this award, yet there are so many I know that  have yet to be recognized,” said Oakland after accepting his award. “This is not  about me winning an award. This is about collaboration, friendship and shared  efforts.”

“I was lucky because I was  blessed with a board that embraced the credit union difference and then made sure  I had the tools to succeed,” said Haegelin after accepting his award. “We are  here – not for ourselves and not for the almighty dollar – but for our members,  and their families, and their children, and their pursuit of the American dream.”

“When informed that he had  won this most prestigious award, Jim stated that the award was not for him, but  for Pennsylvania,” said Michael Wishnow, SVP at the Pennsylvania CU  Association, accepting the award on McCormack’s behalf. “Were he here today, he  would want to thank all the past and present leaders in the Pennsylvania credit  union movement, including everyone who sat on the association’s board of  directors and the many great staff who dedicated their careers to helping  credit unions succeed.”

“It’s been my experience that  the credit union movement loves innovation and hard work,” said Canepa Bang  after accepting her award. “How else but innovation and hard work could we have  built a delivery channel of over 7,200 locations for millions of credit union  members? And how else but through creativity and dedication could our employees  and volunteers raise tens of millions of dollars for children’s hospitals all  over the country?”�

This year’s winners joined an  elite group of 51 individuals and 24 organizations whose efforts over the past  26 years have earned them the recognition of Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. Over 740  credit union leaders and supporters attended the event held in conjunction with  CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

Click here to view more pictures from the 2014 NCUF Dinner Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards.

About the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards
The awards are named in honor of the late Credit Union  National Association CEO Herb Wegner, whose tireless dedication, innovative  ideas and deeds truly revolutionized the ways that credit unions serve their  communities.� The awards that bear  Wegner’s name recognize his spirit of “innovative, creative, risk-taking” leadership.  View past award recipients here.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit  union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser  and grant-maker, working to help consumers achieve financial freedom through  credit unions. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions provide  widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial  services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.

NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the  award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Supporters led by the Credit  Union National Association and CUNA Mutual Group.  All NCUF donors provide support that empowers  NCUF and state credit union foundations to make financial freedom achievable  through credit unions.

The National Credit Union Foundation is a  501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. NCUF continues to  earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise  Giving Alliance Standards for national  charities.

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