|Pictured (from left): John Radebaugh, NCCUL; Rep. Efton Sager; Mark Lesnau, NC Community FCU; and Lauren Whaley, NCCUL.
The NC Credit Union League announced the winners of the 2011 Credit Union Advocate Award in Pinehurst during the Governmental Affairs Forum at the League’s Annual Meeting. Lauren Whaley, NCCUL Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, presented the award to one of this year’s recipients.
“This year, I am proud to say that we recognizing three members of the General Assembly with the Credit Union Advocate award for their support and dedication in passing the Save to Win legislation last session,” Whaley announced. “One of our dearest credit union supporters is here with us today to receive this honor, NC Representative Efton Sager representing the 11th district in Wayne County.”
Now serving his second term, Representative Sager was elected to the NC General Assembly in November 2008. Through his time at the General Assembly, Sager has met with credit unions on numerous occasions during State Capital Connections visits, has attend credit union sponsored events in his area and just last year, helped shepherd the League’s Save to Win legislation though the General Assembly. Representative Sager has deep ties to the credit union industry having once served on the Board of Directors for NC Community Federal Credit Union when it was known as Seymour Johnson Federal Credit Union.
Sager will not be returning to the General Assembly for his third term after a defeat in the Primary Election by his fellow Republican challenger.
Representative Susan Fisher, a Democratic member from Buncombe County and Senator Rick Gunn, a Republican from Alamance County are the other recipients of the 2011 Credit Union Advocate Award. 2010 recipients included members from the Congressional delegation, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and Congressman Larry Kissell.