The Cornerstone Credit Union League and Credit Union Resources boards of directors have selected Caroline Willard as the next president/CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League and its subsidiaries, Credit Union Resources and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation.
Willard currently serves as executive vice president of markets and strategy for CO-OP Financial Services, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and will continue in that role until she assumes her full-time duties with Cornerstone in April.
“Having spent the last 10 years at the nation's largest credit union service organization, it is an honor to be given the opportunity to serve credit unions at one of the largest leagues in the country,” said Willard. “This role will give me a chance to tap into what I have learned at both CO-OP Financial Services and at American First CU, where I served on the executive team for five years."
Willard will replace current Cornerstone President/CEO Richard L. Ensweiler, who announced in December 2015 his plans to retire at the end of April 2017, following more than 20 years of service to credit unions at the Texas Credit Union League and the Cornerstone Credit Union League.
Ensweiler was instrumental in the consolidation of the Arkansas Credit Union League, the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma, the Texas Credit Union League, and the various subsidiaries to form the nation’s largest regional association, the Cornerstone Credit Union League, in July 2013. Ensweiler is retiring after serving in various regional and national capacities within the credit union system for more than 50 years.
“CUNA offers its most sincere congratulations to Caroline Willard on her appointment as president/CEO of Cornerstone, Resources and Foundation," said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO. "Caroline’s deep experience in the credit union industry has perfectly prepared her for this vital role. All of us at CUNA look forward to working closely with Caroline as we work relentlessly together on behalf of America’s Credit Unions through the unmatched power of the CUNA/League system.”
Nussle continued: “Dick Ensweiler has been as important to the success of credit unions over the last five decades as anyone. His leadership and vision have helped bring the credit union movement to the position of strength where we find ourselves today. I wish Dick and Judy the very best in the next stage of their life together. We appreciate all you have done, and we will miss you.”
Willard said her vision includes:
“Cornerstone is one of the strongest leagues in the country, and we believe Caroline’s leadership, background, expertise, and vision for the future will provide Cornerstone member credit unions with even more value and enriched products and services for their membership,” said Cornerstone board chairman Kenny Harrington, president/CEO of MemberSource CU, Houston.