The CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council awarded nine Excellence Awards at its 22nd annual conference last week in Orlando, Fla. (CUNA Photo)

CUNA HROD Council honors top CU professionals

April 18, 2016

The credit union industry’s top human resources professionals were honored during the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Conference last week in Orlando, Fla.

The Professional of the Year Award was presented to Suzanne Oliver, senior vice president of talent and member development/governmental affairs, Mountain America CU, West Jordan, Utah.

“It was a really tough choice between all the stellar nominees, but in the end, Ms. Oliver’s history, attitude and accomplishments clearly shone the brightest,” said Jennifer Huggard, awards committee chair and Northwest Credit Union Association vice president of administration.

Ten credit unions were honored with nine Excellence Awards, including one Best of Show, during the conference. The awards go to credit unions that exemplify excellence in human resources and organizational development while promoting credit union philosophies through people leadership.

Winners included:

  • Best of Show: Pacific Marine CU, Oceanside, Calif., for its Amazing Race to Creating Member Loyalty program;
  • Employee Engagement (Less than $499 million in assets): Verity CU, Seattle, for its Employees Truly Matter campaign;
  • Employee Engagement ($500 million-$1 billion in assets): Rivermark Community CU, Beaverton, Ore., for its Journey to Becoming an Employer Choice program;
  • Employee Engagement (More than $1 billion): San Diego County CU, for its Cultivating a Highly Productive and Engaged Workforce initiative;
  • Management Practices (Less than $499 million in assets): Universal 1 CU, Dayton, Ohio, for its HR Metrics model.
  • Management Practices ($500 million-$1 billion in assets): Educational Systems FCU, Greenbelt, Md., for its Internal Branding: Living Our Commitment to Service the Education Community program;
  • Management Practices More than $1 billion in assets): Advantis CU, Clackamas, Ore., for its Live Well…. A Healthier Happier You program.
  • Innovative Staff Development(Less than $499 million in assets): University of Illinois Community CU, Champaign, Ill., for its Emerging Leaders Program.;
  • Innovative Staff Development($500 million-$1 billion): Alabama CU, Tuscaloosa, Ala., for its All‐In Approach to Internships initiative;
  • Innovative Staff Development(More than $1 billion in assets): Travis CU, Vacaville, Calif., for its DNA Core Conversion Training plan.

The CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council also announced its 2016 executive committee.

Lisa Baron, senior vice president of human resources and talent management, Baxter CU, Vernon Hills, Ill., was appointed chair of the executive committee. Buddy Bennett, director of human resources and training, Cyprus FCU, West Jordan, Utah, will serve as vice chair. Jackie Henderson, vice president of human resources, Rivermark Community CU, has also joined as an executive committee member.

Robert Davis, senior vice president of human resources, VyStar CU, Jacksonville, Fla., completed his term as chair but will remain on the executive committee for one additional year. Newly elected to the executive committee was Peter Stein, senior vice president of human resources, Educators CU, Mount Pleasant, Wis.

The executive committee also includes:

  • Mark Millwood, director of human resources, Eastman CU, Kingsport, Tenn.;
  • Norma Stein, senior vice president of human resources, Financial Partners CU, Downey, Calif. and
  • Huggard.