America’s Credit Union Museum announced the election of Paul Gentile as chairman of the America’s Credit Union Museum Board of Directors. Gentile, president/CEO of Merck Employees FCU, Rahway, N.J., replaces former chair Michael L’Ecuyer.
L’Ecuyer is retiring from his position as president/CEO of Bellwether Community CU, Manchester, N.H., later this year.
“As chairman of the museum, Mike left big shoes to fill,” said Gentile. “His oversight of the expansion of the museum and the increase in support from the credit union community will be long lasting. We will continue to build upon this success and further increase exposure of the museum nationally. My hope is more and more credit unions will want their very unique story told through the museum and ensure their rich history is preserved.”
“Paul is a great choice to lead the continued development of the museum,” said L’Ecuyer. “It has been an honor to serve and see so many credit union leaders and partners support the important role the museum plays in our industry. It is a vital part of our history and the keeper of the stories that make credit unions unique and special.”
America’s Credit Union Museum’s board consists of twelve members, including: Gentile; Ronald H. Covey, Jr., president/CEO, St. Mary's Bank CU; Chuck Fagan, President, PSCU; Shawn Gilfedder, president/CEO, Kitsap CU; Peter J. Lemire, Esq., Lemire family representative; Lois Kitsch, CU Difference; Todd Mason, president/CEO, Maine Credit Union League/Synergent; Jim Nussle, president/CEO, CUNA; Bill Raker, president/CEO, Firefly CU; Michael Ray, CEO, Hoya FCU; and Bob Trunzo, president/CEO, CUNA Mutual Group.
The Museum recently finished construction of the CUNA Research Center and Richard L. “Dick” Ensweiler Research Library.