AACUL’s Farley Award Goes to Brett Thompson

Recognition given for visionary leadership at the state and national levels.

February 24, 2014

This year’s Farley League Leadership Award recognizes Brett Thompson, CEO of the Wisconsin Credit Union League.

The American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) presents the award to a league staff person demonstrating visionary leadership at the state and national levels. Thompson received the award at a reception held Saturday.

Before starting as league president in 2001, Thompson was an attorney specializing in credit union issues. His passion for the credit union philosophy drew him into the movement. Through his leadership, advocacy has become a priority at the league.

Thompson pioneered REAL Solutions, which serves as a model for other states in exemplifying credit union outreach efforts. He has also been a leader on the national level, working with other leagues toward collective goals to strengthen and further unify the movement.

He served as board chair of AACUL, CULAC, AACUL State Issues Advocacy Committee, and CUNA’s Examination and Supervision Subcommittee. He also served on the boards of the Filene Research Institute, CUNA, CSS, and Credit Union House, and on CUNA’s Governmental Affairs, Partnership, CEO Search, and Corporate Governance Committees.
AACUL Chair Wendell Lyons commended Thompson, saying “Brett has demonstrated leadership on critical issues to the credit union movement on numerous occasions and is highly valued for his substantive contributions over the years.”

The award is endowed by a contribution from Dr. Richard Heins, former CUNA Mutual CEO, and named in honor of Gene Farley, former Virginia League CEO, in recognition of his longtime leadership in the credit union movement.

Nominations are made by league presidents and reviewed by the Farley Award Committee, which includes past award winners.