MADISON, Wis. (12/11/14)--The CUNA Lending Council presented Mark Spenny, president/CEO of CEFCU, Peoria, Ill., with $5.1 billion in assets, with the Phil Greer Lifetime Achievement Award last month at the 20th annual CUNA Lending Council conference in San Diego.
The award, which honors those who exemplify leadership, passion and commitment in the credit union movement, is named after the late Phil Greer, former senior vice president of loan administration for State Employees' CU (SECU), Raleigh, N.C., with $28.3 billion in assets.
"Lending is the most important value credit unions provide our members, and the economic engine that drives our institutions," Spenny said. "That's why the work of the lending council is so important to the continued success of credit unions."
The honor was particularly gratifying for Spenny because of his close relationship with Greer.
"It's especially rewarding to receive the award due to the great respect, appreciation and fond memories I have for the award's namesake," Spenny said. "Phil was a key contributor in the development of the council and I will always be proud of the work we did together ... to bring the council to life."
Greer spent 32 years working for SECU, and played an active role in the overall credit union movement. He served for nine years on the CUNA Lending Council executive committee, including two years as a chair.
Greer also served on the Credit Union National Association governmental affairs subcommittee for consumer protection, and was also a member of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit union advisory boards.