MADISON, Wis. (8/23/13)--The National Credit Union Foundation announced Sarah Canepa Bang, president of CO-OP Shared Branching-FSCC LLC and chief strategy officer of CO-OP Shared Branching, will be presented the 2014 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement.
This will be one of four Herb Wegner Memorial Awards presented at a special dinner hosted by NCUF at the Grand Hyatt Washington on Feb. 24 at the Credit Union National Association's 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference.
Canepa Bang started her career at CUNA's Internet office in 1983. During the 1980s, she served as education director at what was then the Oregon Credit Union League and as vice president of human resources at the Massachusetts Credit Union League.
She returned to the Oregon league as executive vice president in 1990 and launched a number of high-visibility programs and served as chief operating officer of CU Access, an ATM and shared branching network which the league operated, and Automated Item Management, the Northwest's largest check-processing operation.
In 1995, Canepa Bang established a two-year associate degree program in credit union management through Mt. Hood Community College. She also initiated Loans Today, one of the first 24/7 lending call centers in the nation, created to enhance a credit union's ability to process member loan requests via telephone.
Canepa Bang was named CEO of FSCC in 1999. Under her leadership, FSCC more than quadrupled in the number of credit unions, branches and states involved in shared branching.
FSCC was the first network to pioneer the outlet concept in shared branching. During Canepa Bang's tenure, it expanded the technology to include full-service kiosks, mobile banking, call centers, disaster recovery and remote deposit capture. In 2007, FSCC implemented shared branching services on more than 2,200 Vcom kiosks inside select 7-Eleven stores.
Canepa Bang is a longtime supporter of the Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) program and was one of the key founders of the program while at the Oregon league. She also helped Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to pick up the CU4Kids program and as a national program in 1997.
In 2011, the World Council of Credit Unions named her one of its top seven people who make a difference in supporting World Council.