ONTARIO, Calif. (9/8/14)--The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues will honor six credit union leaders at its annual convention Oct. 20-22 in Los Angeles.
The Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed upon Vernon Elliott for his 35 years of service to credit unions. He began his career at San Diego County CU, now $6.5 billion in assets, and worked at five other credit unions before retiring from Pacific Community CU, Fullerton, with $186 million in assets, in 2009.
Elliott also worked with the California Credit Union League, Financial Service Centers Cooperative and the CO-OP Financial Services board. He is known for his work promoting the idea of a credit union ATM network.
The Shapiro award is the league's highest honor and recognizes excellence in credit union philosophy and a lifetime of contributions to the California credit union movement.
The leagues' distinguished service awards for service to the credit union community will go to:
The J. Alvin George Outstanding Volunteer Awards will be presented to board members Herb Long, SAFE CU, Folsom, Calif., with $2.1 billion in assets, and Grant Mickins, San Francisco FCU, with $884 million in assets.
Jason Mertz, director of finance, $25 million-asset McKesson Employees FCU, San Francisco, will receive the leagues' Tomorrow's Star Award for his achievements as a credit union professional under age 35.
Kim Bannan Eternal Flame Awards, which recognize efforts to promote Shapiro Group credit unions, will go to Shon Wellborn, president/CEO, $65 million-asset Community CU of Southern Humboldt, Garberville, Calif., in the individual category, and credit union service organization CU*Northwest, Liberty Lake, Wash., in the company category.