Credit unions in attendance at the NCCUL Annual Business Meeting unanimously approved four resolutions submitted in honor of four longstanding credit union leaders in North Carolina. Resolutions honored Ike Keener, who retired as President/CEO of Allegacy FCU May 1 and State Employees' CU EVP Bobby Hall, who retired in March. Two more resolutions honored Ben Hill (President/CEO Blue Flame CU) and J.C. Higgins (President/CEO Emergency Responder's CU), who are retiring later this summer.
Keener retired May 1 after 16 years as CEO of Allegacy FCU in Winston-Salem. Keener's credit union career spanned 38 years and the resolution highlighted Keener's commitment to financial education through programs such as Allegacy's student run credit unions and the Center for Smart Financial Choices.
Hall retired this spring after 43 years in credit unions - all at SECU. The resolution noted his leadership within the credit union as it dramatically grew in terms of assets, members and branch network. Hall's service to the wider credit union movement was also spotlighted, including his service on the NCCUL Board of Directors, where he served as Chairman from 2002-2006.
Hill's retirement later this summer caps a credit union career that stretches back to 1975, when he began his career as a loan officer at SECU. Hill was named Manager/CEO of Blue Flame in 1990. The credit union has doubled in assets, membership, loans, shares and capital under his watch. Hill was also recognized for his service on a variety of boards, committees and other volunteer leadership efforts, including the NCCUL board, where he served as Chairman from 2006-2010.
Higgins is retiring from Emergency Responder's CU after a 39 year career at the credit union. Emergency Responder's has grown in many ways through the years. When Higgins began his service to the credit union, it was located in the basement of the A.B. Bullard Fire Station in Winston-Salem. Today, the credit union has its own building and has grown its field of membership in order to offer the benefits of credit union membership to more people. In addition to his service to the credit union, Higgins was recognized for his service on the NW Chapter Board of Directors as well as the NC CUES Council.