|Curtis Ring has left a lasting impact on the credit union movement over a 37 year period. Ring was a key figure in the creation and development of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation.
Curtis J. Ring, a member of the Summit CU Board of Directors, received the Larry Johnson Order of Merit Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers in the NC credit union movement. Ring received the award at a special awards ceremony held Monday evening, June 11th during the 77th Annual Meeting of the NC Credit Union League (NCCUL).
The Larry Johnson Order of Merit Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the State’s highest individual credit union honor, recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to promoting the credit union philosophy, and whose leadership to NC credit unions and related organizations has been or was sustained throughout their career. Only five other people have received this award.
Ring has left a lasting impact on the credit union movement over nearly 40 years. He began his service to credit unions in 1975 when he joined the Board of Directors of the Pope FCU. He served on a variety of roles on the board during a three year term.
In 1978, the NC Credit Union League hired Ring as its VP of Governmental & Public Affairs. At the League, Ring was a driving force in the creation of the NC Credit Union Foundation (now the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation). He also worked closely with credit union staff, directors and members in order to advocate for credit unions with lawmakers in both Raleigh and Washington, DC.
After retiring from the League in 1997, Ring managed the NC Credit Union Foundation for two years. He then joined the Summit CU Board of Directors, where he continues to serve today. At Summit, Ring serves on a variety of key committees and is acknowledged as a person who strongly advocates for the best interests of the Summit membership. He also helped the credit union reach new levels of success and member growth.
A retired Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force, Ring is active in many other community organizations. He is a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church.