The credit union industry’s top finance professionals received recognition for their prowess during the CUNA CFO Council Conference this week in Anaheim, Calif.
“Choosing winners for these awards is seldom an easy task,” said Suzanne Weinstein, CUNA CFO Council chair and CFO at Orlando Federal Credit Union. “They are paragons of skill, service, and achievement in the field of credit union finance.”
Susan Gruber, CFO of Patelco Credit Union, Pleasanton, Calif. (shown above), received the Professional of the Year Award.
This award honors an individual who exemplifies excellence in credit union financial management for the benefit of their credit union and the advancement of the cooperative philosophy.
Gruber was honored for her achievements and dedication throughout her career in financial services, which spans more than 20 years. Among her accomplishments, she introduced a lucrative savings account for small savers and built a complete financial analysis team.
Other award winners:
• Volunteer of the Year: Brian Hughes, vice president of finance, wealth and business solutions at Sun Federal Credit Union, Maumee, Ohio, for his contributions to the CUNA CFO Council.
• Top Community Contributor Award: Paul Meissner, CFO of Credit Union of America, Wichita, Kan., for the expertise and value he shares with peers within the Councils Community.
• Excellence in Finance Award: People Driven Credit Union, Southfield, Mich., for its post-merger financial reporting and process improvements.
These improvements included employee skill set assessments, a cross-training program, improved bench strength in technology, and a focus on uncovering efficiencies.
These efforts allowed the credit union to create a more cohesive, nimble, and proactive finance and accounting team.