Ben Hill, president/CEO of Blue Flame CU in Charlotte, N.C., said he has most enjoyed helping members during his 37-year credit union career. Hill is retiring from Blue Flame at the end of June, and this week attended his last Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo provided by the North Carolina Credit Union League)
WASHINGTON (2/28/13)--Ben Hill, retiring president/CEO of Blue Flame CU in Charlotte, N.C., has been a strong advocate for credit unions during his 37-year credit union career, and has regularly attended events such as the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.
This year, Hill is in Washington, attending his last CUNA GAC.
Such events energize him since he gets to meet with people who are also committed to helping people, Hill told the North Carolina Credit Union League.
"I feel right at home at GAC because it reminds you of all the good things about credit unions," Hill explained. "Credit union people are good people--it recharges your batteries being here."
Being involved politically has great value, Hill said. "It used to be that I only spent about an hour a month on regulations and compliance, but now regulations seem to be about all that I get to do," he told NCCUL. "So coming here is important because we have to keep fighting for our members. We run credit unions for members, not regulators."
Hill is a past chairman of the NCCUL board of directors and was on the board for 11 years. He also is a past president of the North Carolina Credit Union Executives Society Council, and served on the North Carolina Credit Union Commission. He was involved with the Piedmont Chapter through the years and served on the chapter's board for about 20 years. Hill also has served on the governmental affairs, finance, bylaws and nominating committees of the NCCUL board, and been a credit union political action committee trustee.
Hill said he intends to stay connected to the credit union movement in some way. "I'd still like to serve in some capacity. Maybe teaching at the local community college or doing something with credit unions in the future," he concluded.