Jack Thornton, Chairman of the Summit Credit Union Board of Directors, won the prestigious Mark of Excellence Award at the 78th annual meeting of the North Carolina Credit Union League (NCCUL). Thornton received the award, one of the highest honors bestowed to credit union people in North Carolina, in a special awards ceremony held Monday evening, June 10th in Pinehurst.
The Mark of Excellence Award recognizes sustained leadership among NC credit union people. Eligibility is limited to past winners of the Ronald J. Hutchins Credit Union Person of the Year Award who have at least 25 years of service in the credit union industry. A committee made up of statewide credit union leaders selected Thornton to receive the award.
Thornton’s service on the Summit Board of Directors covers 25 years. Through the years, he has been an integral part of the credit union’s success in meeting the needs of its members. In 2002, Thornton developed a governance structure that helped Summit successfully navigate the retirement of longtime CEO Elizabeth “Sis” Hamilton.
Thornton served for more than 32 years with BellSouth. In addition to his service to the credit union, he also serves the local community through his involvement with the Civitan Club and the Summerfield United Methodist Church.
Thornton won the Ronald J. Hutchins Credit Union Person of the Year Award in 2010.