MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (10/7/15)--Cooperative Credit Union Association President/CEO Paul Gentile has been elected to the board of the New England Council, an appointment that will give credit unions a voice on an advocacy body that’s well-respected among regional and federal lawmakers.
The New England Council, an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations, primarily advocates for policy that fosters economic growth in the New England region.
Gentile, who was one of three business leaders elected to the board, told News Now that the council maintains a tremendous schedule of meetings with lawmakers throughout the region year-round, which will provide myriad opportunities for the association president to bring credit union issues to the forefront.
“The council is very well-recognized by lawmakers. It has a great reputation,” Gentile said. “And it’s known for being able to bring an industry to the table to really look at the issues that are important to the New England region.”
Looking over the recent meetings the council has held with lawmakers, Gentile added it’s apparent that the body receives quality facetime with some of the biggest players not only in New England, but also nationwide.
“New England’s the focus, but since (the council) is so well-known, it gets a lot of play with a wide variety of lawmakers and regulators,” Gentile said.
Gentile also hopes to raise awareness of credit unions not only among lawmakers, but also among other industries during his time on the board.
“For me it’s about learning the New England market even better than I know it now, and taking the opportunity to tell the credit union story to a lot of different industries that are part of the council, as well as all the lawmakers and regulators who we’ll be engaging with,” Gentile said.