Ensweiler announces 2017 retirement from Cornerstone

January 4, 2016


FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (1/4/16)--After decades of exemplary service to the credit union movement, Cornerstone Credit Union League President/CEO Dick Ensweiler announced his intent to retire, effective April 30, 2017.

CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle praised Ensweiler as being one of the most influential figures in the modern credit union movement. He said Ensweiler's energy and enthusiasm will be missed when he retires, and he thanked the credit union leader for his years of important contributions. Nussle added that he would continue to rely on Ensweiler's leadership into 2017.

Dick Ensweiler

Click image to enlarge. Cornerstone Credit Union League President/CEO Dick Ensweiler presents the Juntos Avanzamos designation to Alliance FCU, Lubbock, Texas, in 2014. (Cornerstone Credit Union League Photo)

Ensweiler, who was began his career with the Texas Credit Union League in 1995, said in his announcement, “I have been blessed and honored to serve credit unions in many capacities over the span of more than five decades dating back to my first credit union job working as a management trainee at State Central Credit Union in Milwaukee and then as treasurer/manager of the Harley Davidson Credit Union, also in Milwaukee."

“Following the successful consolidation of three state leagues (Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas) and their respective service corporations and foundations, the board of directors worked with Dick on a contract that ensured continuity and stability following the creation of Cornerstone in July 2013,” said Kenny Harrington, league chair and president/CEO, MemberSource CU, Houston.

He added that Cornerstone is one of the most respected and effective organizations advocating on behalf of credit unions today and attributed much of that success to Ensweiler's leadership.

Cornerstone has been recognized during the two years under Ensweiler for such accomplishments as:

  • Adding nine new member credit unions in 2015;
  • Receiving a record Net Promoter Score in 2015 of 75 as determined by member credit unions;
  • Maintaining a financially sound league, service corporation and foundation with healthy reserves;
  • Garnering legislative advocacy victories during 2015, the first year as Cornerstone in which all three legislatures--Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas--were in full session;
  • Successfully launching and executing a member engagement program to ensure increased and consistent engagement by credit unions; and
  • Attracting record contributions and fundraising activities to the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation in 2015.

Click here to read more about Ensweiller's extensive contributions to the credit union movement and see video below.

The league board has formed a search committee and has retained the executive search services of Credit Union Resources to execute a nationwide search.

(Editor's Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 31, 2015.)