WASHINGTON (5/6/10)--Bill Cheney--who will succeed Dan Mica, effective July 5, as the president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA)--brings to the position more than 25 years' experience in a variety of roles in the movement, according to CUNA Chairman Kris Mecham.
Cheney has been president/CEO of the California/Nevada Credit Union Leagues since 2006. His experience encompasses strong relationships with Congress, broad experience in the credit union movement, training in business, and a commitment to community service. As CEO of both a state trade association and of a large credit union, Cheney has developed a number of relationships with current and past members of Congress, particularly with delegations from California and Nevada. Collectively, those states hold 56 House seats and four Senate seats, and count among their memberships the Speaker of the House (Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.) and the Senate majority leader (Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada). Cheney also has built relationships with lawmakers in states in which his credit unions have had operations--including New York, Illinois and Texas. He has testified on behalf of credit unions before Congress numerous times on a variety of financial subjects, said CUNA. Cheney's credit union experience began in 1987 in--his home state--with Security Service FCU in San Antonio, which today holds more than $5 billion in assets and has 600,000 members. Ten years later (in 1997), after achieving the position of executive vice president, Cheney was named president/CEO of Xerox FCU (today known as Xceed FCU) in El Segundo, Calif. During nine years at the helm of the credit union, Cheney guided the credit union’s growth to more than $800 million in assets, from $350 million, growing the credit union’s membership to include operations in nine states, including California, New York, Florida, Texas and Illinois. Also while at XFCU, Cheney was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, which represents federally chartered credit unions. In 2006. the California/Nevada Credit Union Leagues tapped Cheney as their president/CEO. While overseeing the combined organizations’ operations, Cheney is credited with building the leagues’ affiliation while improving their operational efficiencies. Additionally, he has served as treasurer of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues, chairman of the CUNA World Leadership Development Committee, member of the board of trustees of the Western CUNA Management School, and member of the board of directors of the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation. He also has joined World Council of Credit Unions delegations to Mexico, Poland, China, and Haiti. Cheney's training in business includes a BBA in finance from the University of Texas--Austin. He has attended the “Advanced Leadership Institute” at Harvard Business School (sponsored by the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES)/California league, and the CUES Director’s Leadership Institute at the London Business School. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. His commitment to service began early. An Eagle Scout, Cheney is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and has been active in local Boy Scouts of America councils. He has served as a board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles (and previously in San Antonio, Texas), volunteers with organizations such as Heal the Bay, Santa Monica, Calif., and the Peninsula Education Foundation. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University. "All of this has given Bill the knowledge, background and experience to step right in without missing a beat and begin taking CUNA to new levels of high achievement," Mica told CUNA staff Wednesday.