WASHINGTON (6/5/14)--More than 60 members of the Washington community--including members of the U.S. Congress, federal regulators, trade association executives and local credit union leaders--gathered at Credit Union House Wednesday to wish Bill Cheney well before he returns to California next week to become CEO at SchoolsFirst FCU in Santa Ana.
During the event, CUNA Chairman Dennis Pierce noted to the group Cheney's accomplishments as CUNA president and CEO, particularly in developing a strategic vision for the credit union movement at large ("Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner"), establishing a "535-seat strategy" to ensure every member of Congress hears from credit unions, and leading the charge on the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign, which resulted in 1.4 million contacts with Congress from credit union supporters, urging lawmakers to maintain the credit union tax status.
"Those of us in attendance here tonight--and the institutions and organizations that are represented--personify the impact that Bill Cheney has had while in Washington as the leader of CUNA: He brought us all together," Pierce told the group.
"As Bill has said many times: He's not leaving CUNA, he's just changing roles and that he intends to remain as active as ever as CEO of a CUNA-member credit union," Pierce said. "We're thankful for that."