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McWilliams accepts CU Hero of the Year Award
“I believe that everyone who embraces the credit union philosophy and uses it every day makes a difference,” says Tom McWilliams, who was named Credit Union Hero of the Year.

McWilliams accepts CU Hero of the Year Award

‘Everyone who embraces credit union philosophy and uses it every day makes a difference.’

June 28, 2018

Tom McWilliams, senior vice president of the Mississippi Credit Union Association, received Credit Union Magazine’s 2018 Credit Union Hero of the Year award during Thursday’s general session at the America’s Credit Union Conference in Boston.

Throughout his career McWilliams has made an impact on credit union professionals throughout the country through the educational programs he crafts.

Tom McWilliams, 2018 CU Hero of the Year

Click to enlarge. From left, Vito Sernas, Wendy Nolan, both from Trellance; Tom McWilliams, Charles Elliott, and CUNA CEO/President Jim Nussle.

"He has a relationship with virtually everyone in the state of Mississippi and nationwide," says Charles Elliott Jr., president/CEO of the Mississippi Credit Union Association, who introduced McWilliams during the award presentation.

McWilliams received a standing ovation from the crowd as Elliott, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, and representatives from award sponsor Trellance presented the award.

During his 32-year career with the Mississippi Credit Union Association, McWilliams has explored new places and met many new people. But most importantly, his job has allowed him to follow his passion: serve people who have a need.

It’s something we all can do. “Everyone who embraces credit union philosophy and uses it every day makes a difference," McWilliams says.

Other Credit Union Hero of the Year finalists were:

  • Laura Aguirre, president/CEO, Hawaii First Federal Credit Union, Kamuela, Hawaii.
  • Kathy Chartier, president/CEO, Members Credit Union, Cos Cob, Conn.
  • Jeff Hayes, president/CEO, North Star Community Credit Union, Cherokee, Iowa.
  • Vicki Hoehn, vice president of community engagement, Royal Credit Union, Eau Claire, Wis.

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