MADISON, Wis. (10/22/14)--In recognition of a career that included stints with the Credit Union National Association, state leagues, a credit union service organization, and as the top executive of a credit union, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) will recognize Bob Schumacher, retired president/CEO, MountainCrest CU, as the recipient of a 2015 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Schumacher's award will be one of four Wegner awards presented at a special dinner hosted by NCUF March 9 at CUNA's 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference.
"Bob is one of the most dedicated and devoted followers of the credit union philosophy who has worked on all levels of the movement," said John Gregoire, chair of NCUF Wegner Awards selection committee and president of The ProCon Group. "His impact particularly on Foundation programs such as the Community Investment Fund, Biz Kid$ and the Credit Union Development Education Program is beyond belief. Anyone who has had the opportunity to be touched by Bob's contagious energy and enthusiasm comes away a more committed individual."
Schumacher's career includes eight years at CUNA, 12 years at the credit union leagues in Washington and Florida, two years at a mortgage CUSO and 15 years at MountainCrest CU, Arlington, Wash., with $87 million in assets.
Schumacher worked CUNA's national advertising program (NAP) in the 1970s. He spoke to credit union groups on the importance of marketing, raising money for the NAP, helping create a credit union brand image and increasing public awareness of credit unions.
As president/CEO of MountainCrest CU, he not only had a direct impact on the financial lives of his members, but led his staff through a successful merger, relocation and name change.
Schumacher has also helped several credit unions and nonprofit foundations, both as a professional senior consultant through The Paragon Group and as a pro bono volunteer. He has served on the NCUF board, the Washington Credit Union Foundation board (including serving as chair), the FSCC shared branching network board, the Northwest Corporate FCU board, the Snohomish County (Wash.) Junior Achievement board, as chair of the NCUF's awards and recognition committee--as well as a member of its fundraising committee--and in many additional leadership roles within the credit union movement.
In 2002, Schumacher was recognized with a CUNA Marketing Council's Hall of Fame Award, and in 2006, with the Washington Credit Union League's Ambassador Award.