|Credit Union Magazine spotlighted CU Rock Stars in a special International Credit Union Day edition.
The heart and soul of what the credit union movement embodies is people helping people. North Carolina is fortunate enough to have a strong credit union presence providing many examples of the credit union philosophy at work enhancing the lives of credit union members and the communities they serve. The North Carolina credit union movement is even more fortunate to have five individuals to be awarded with credit union “rock star” status by Credit Union Magazine
Amy Gravitte, Vice President of Training and Leadership Development at Coastal Federal Credit Union, has a true passion for credit unions. Amy is committed to developing and training staff so that their talents are best utilized and so that they understand and know how to meet the financial needs of members. Amy has developed several staff training programs and implemented a custom learning management system for Coastal known as Coastal University.
The next rock star, Jeff Hardin, NCCUL Director of Communications, fully embraces the cooperative spirit and feels this is what will propel the credit union industry to the next level. “Credit unions can continue to make a huge difference in the lives of those who are unbanked and underserved,” stated Hardin. “However, it’s important that we focus on the future and think about our next steps, which should involve relationship building with other co-ops and community organizations.” Jeff has a true passion to educate and bring awareness of credit union history, and to share the philosophy of the movement. He is the League’s credit union history and philosophy educator.
Both Amy and Jeff were part of a team that developed the nationally recognized Principles & Philosophy Conference
. This annual conference offers credit union leaders an opportunity to learn and more fully understand the strengths of the cooperative business model
John Herrera, Senior Vice President at Self-Help Credit Union, and co-founder of Latino Community Credit Union, truly exemplifies the credit union movement. He was recently honored by the White House during a “Champions of Change” ceremony honoring foreign-born entrepreneurs. John is committed to using the cooperative spirit, along with innovation, to reach rural, underserved areas of the state. With a passion and commitment to help members grow financially and to serve North Carolina communities, John is definitely a credit union rock star.
Patrick Livingston, Director of Business Transformation and Brandon McAdams, Consumer Lending Product Development Manager of Coastal Federal Credit Union are two young credit union professionals promoting the industry through awareness and networking among credit unions. They both created CUaware
, which provides credit unions professionals an opportunity to share ideas and knowledge so that they can better help members and the communities they serve.
Dedication to the credit union philosophy does involve a sacrifice of time and truly caring about what you do. Both Brandon and Patrick exemplify this but quickly point out that so many credit union employees go that extra mile. However, we don’t always hear about these many examples of dedication. Their work with CUaware is driven by a strong desire to help credit unions and their members succeed and bring awareness of the industry to future generations.
To learn more about our North Carolina credit union rock stars or those in other states, please read the special 13th
issue of the Credit Union Magazine
. The League congratulates the North Carolina rock stars for all they are doing to educate and bring awareness about the credit union difference.