DULUTH, Ga. (2/27/15)--The Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA) announced the two recipients of the league's highest honors.
Marshall Boutwell, president/CEO, Peach State FCU, received the Moses C. Davis Lifetime Achievement Award, which goes to a Georgia credit union leader who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the credit union movement over his or her career. Diana Houston, GCUA senior vice president of business development, received the Eloise Woods Distinguished Service Award for her work to advance cooperative finance for Georgia citizens.
Boutwell has been at the Lawrenceville-based credit union for more than 20 years. His involvement includes advocacy at the state and national levels, and he has led the way in providing financial services for the area's Bosnian community. Boutwell also is active with the Georgia-Poland Partnership.
"As a former banker, Marshall has a deep appreciation for the benefits of the cooperative business model," said GCUA President/CEO Mike Mercer. "He cares greatly for people and has been willing to do the work involved to make a lasting difference."
Houston, who has worked with the state's credit unions for more than 30 years, was instrumental in negotiating group contracts on behalf of the state's credit unions and is directly involved with governmental advocacy efforts.
"Diana does not lead from the 'front of the line,'" Mercer said. "She leads with ideas and meaningful consultative support. Her contributions have come in the form of financial benefits and creative advice to Georgia credit unions that now span decades of service."
"The credit union movement, not just in Georgia but nationally and even internationally, has benefited greatly from the contributions of Marshall Boutwell and Diana Houston," said Stacy Tallent, GCUA chair and president of Health Center CU, Evans. "They have devoted their professional lives to strengthening the credit union system and have made indelible marks on our industry."