Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) Board Chair Maria LaVelle announced the appointment of Patrick Conway as the organization's new president/CEO.
Conway joins PCUA from the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, where he has served as president/CEO for the past 12 years. Prior to that, Conway served as president/CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County.
Conway began his career in the district office of former Rep. Bill Clinger (R-Pa.), served as executive director of the Governor’s Action Team under Governor Tom Ridge, and ran for Congress in Pennsylvania’s fifth district.
“We are extremely pleased and fortunate to welcome Pat to the Pennsylvania credit union movement,” LaVelle says. “While there were many strongly qualified candidates for the position, Pat’s leadership skills, association experience, and political involvement make him a great fit for moving PCUA forward.”
Conway is only the association’s fifth president/CEO since its inception in 1934.
“I feel honored and privileged to be given the opportunity to lead such a strong organization as PCUA,” Conway says. “This organization has a strong tradition of advocating on behalf of Pennsylvania credit unions and for providing solutions to credit unions of all sizes. This is an exciting time for Pennsylvania’s credit union movement and an exciting time for me personally as we continue to grow and thrive in what is clearly a challenging environment.”
Conway will join the association October 28 and will work with current PCUA CEO Jim McCormack, who will retire December 31 after 32 years of service. McCormack will remain as a consultant to PCUA through November 2014.
“Our association is a national leader because of the strength of our board of directors, staff, and member credit unions,” says McCormack. “The association board went through a rigorous process of vetting potential CEO candidates and, in the end, made a very strong choice in Pat Conway. I look forward to working with him in the coming months.”
Bill Merrick is deputy editor of Credit Union Magazine. Follow him on Twitter via @CUMagazine.