Tom McWilliams

Credit Union Magazine honors 2018 Credit Union Hero of the Year

April 30, 2018

Tom McWilliams, senior vice president of the Mississippi Credit Union Association, will be honored as the 2018 Credit Union Hero of the Year, by Credit Union Magazine.

 “Across the decades of my career, I have been blessed to know and build an amazing credit union family. I love what I do, and my motivation has always been simple: A desire to offer the best professional growth opportunities to help others become heroes for their own members,” said McWilliams. “I am honored, and truly humbled, to receive this recognition and to know I have made a difference.”

 “Tom McWilliams is the consummate lifelong learner,” said Ann Hayes Peterson, CUNA’s vice president of publishing and editor-in-chief. “His contributions have influenced the development of credit union managers and leaders throughout his state and the movement—and always with the goal of changing members’ lives for the better.”

 Sponsored by Trellance, the Credit Union Hero of the Year award recognizes those who serve as examples for the entire movement through their service, advocacy, and commitment to credit union ideals. Credit Union Magazine readers selected McWilliams by voting at

 “At Trellance, we take pride in partnering with CUNA each year to honor and celebrate those who continue to do exceptional work in the industry. Congratulations to Tom McWilliams on his selection,” said Tom Davis, Trellance’s president/CEO. “We applaud his inspirational leadership and his commitment as an advocate for the continuous training of our credit union members and volunteers.”

 Other Credit Union Hero of the Year finalists were:

Laura Aguirre, president/CEO, Hawaii First FCU, Kamuela, Hawaii;

Kathy Chartier, president/CEO, Members CU, Cos Cob, Conn.;

Jeffrey Hayes, president/CEO, North Star Community CU, Cherokee, Iowa; and

Vicki Hoehn, vice president community engagement, Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wis.

McWilliams will be recognized during a presentation at the America’s Credit Union Conference, June 28-July 1 in Boston. Visit to view profiles of the finalists.