Dick Ensweiler’s determination to spread the credit union movement worldwide earned him the industry’s top global honor Monday at the America’s Credit Union Conference/World Credit Union Conference in Denver.
The World Council of Credit Unions presented Ensweiler, Cornerstone Credit Union League president/CEO, with a Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes worthy individuals who have made great contributions to further the credit union movement outside their countries.
Ensweiler, a Credit Union Magazine Credit Union Rock Star in 2013, is the only American honoree this year. The World Council also recognized Brazil's Roberto Rodrigues, Canada's Scott Kennedy, and Jamaica's Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.
“The World Council does amazing work helping to create and support credit unions in cooperative development all over the world,” Ensweiler says. “When countries emerge from under dictatorships or communism, credit unions are often the first opportunity people have to assemble freely, elect people to positions, and help their communities rise from adversity.
“Assisting an organization like this is important and heartwarming,” Ensweiler adds. “To be recognized for helping them with their significant mission is an honor I am truly proud of.”