NAPERVILLE, Ill. (6/11/13)--Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) President/CEO Dan Plauda will be retiring after 37 years of service to the credit union movement, effective June 30, 2014, the ICUL announced Monday.
Geri Burek, ICUL chairman of the board, noted Plauda's legacy in the league announcement. "Because of his leadership, our league is well positioned for great success for many years to come. He truly will be missed by so many credit unions, executives and other organizations across the country, with whom he has humbly served and fostered an environment of collaboration and embraced the true 'people helping people' philosophy of our movement."
CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney also noted that Plauda "contributed greatly to the growth and success of the Illinois league and the state's credit unions during a distinguished career that has spanned nearly four decades."
Cheney added, "He will leave behind an impressive record of achievement, dedication, and innovation. Along with all he has done in his state, we are grateful for the Dan's past service nationally on the CUNA board and American Association of Credit Union Leagues executive board. Dan's legacy will be long-lasting."
Plauda joined the league staff in May 1977, serving at that time as the organization's first general counsel. Before that, he was a partner in a Minneapolis law firm.
In August 1984, Plauda became the fourth president in the 83-year history of the league, and also at that time was named president/CEO of the League Service Corporation (LSC).
The ICUL announcement noted that under Plauda progressive leadership, the Illinois credit union movement has expanded to $35 billion in assets and serves more than 2.84 million members.
During his time at the helm of the league, Plauda also served five years on the CUNA board, and its affiliate, CUNA Service Group.
He also served as chairman of the board of the CU Interchange Group, the national ATM network for credit unions; and on CUNA's governmental affairs and audit committees. Plauda is also a former member of the executive board of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues.
The league has contracted with D. Hilton Associates, Inc., the largest executive recruiting firm exclusively for credit unions, to conduct the search for its new leader.