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Four CU leaders presented awards by Iowa league
CORALVILLE, Iowa (9/28/12)--The Iowa Credit Union League honored four credit union leaders at the Iowa Credit Union Convention in Coralville, Sept. 19-21.

Click to view larger image From left: Joe Hearn, chairman, Iowa Credit Union League; Paul Becker (Heritage Award winner), retired CEO, Citizens Community CU; and Patrick S. Jury, league CEO/President.
Click to view larger image From left: Joe Hearn, chairman, Iowa Credit Union League; Paul Lensmeyer (Professional Cooperative Spirit Award winner), CEO, Ascentra CU; and Patrick S. Jury, league president/CEO.
Click to view larger image From left: Joe Hearn, chairman, Iowa Credit Union League; Sally Miller and Art Miller (Volunteer Cooperative Spirit Award winners), Dubuque Teachers CU; and Patrick S. Jury, league CEO/President.
Click to view larger image Murray Williams (left), chief operating officer, Iowa Credit Union League, and Kathryn Johnson (Young Professional of the Year Award winner), director of operations, Sioux Valley Community CU. (Photos provided by the Iowa Credit Union League)
Paul Becker, Citizens Community CU, Fort Dodge, received the 2012 Heritage Award for demonstrating extraordinary commitment, service and leadership in the credit union movement. Becker has gone beyond the expectations of a credit union leader, said the league. His dedication to moving the credit union world forward is visible at not only the local level, but also Becker has held many roles at the regional and national level.

With more than 36 years of leading Citizens Community CU, Becker has improved the financial lives of thousands, not only within his community, but also statewide and nationwide, the league noted.

Paul Lensmeyer, Ascentra CU, Bettendorf, was presented with the 2012 Professional Cooperative Spirit Award in recognition of this outstanding service, commitment and leadership in the credit union movement. Lensmeyer's commitment to diversity and change within the credit union industry has set him apart as a relentless credit union champion, said the league's announcement.

Lensmeyer believes in the power of reaching out to the Hispanic market and has worked closely with Coopera, a partner of the Credit Union National Association, to build a program so credit unions can reach that market and make a difference in his community. Lensmeyer is committed to the "people helping people" philosophy and is an example of the cooperative spirit, the league said.

Art and Sandy Miller of Dubuque Teachers CU are the 2012 recipients of the Volunteer Cooperative Spirit Award for exemplifying the spirit of the credit union industry and the community they serve. Through their credit union leadership and engagement, they have helped their credit union increase its membership by nearly 400%.

The Millers are commended for their dedication to their work, but it's especially noteworthy when done on a volunteer basis, said the league, adding that they go above and beyond the call of duty to be there for their credit union, their members and their staff.

The league's 2012 Young Professional of the Year Award was created this year to honor outstanding professionals under the age of 35. Kathryn Johnson, Sioux Valley Community CU, Sioux City, is the recipient of this year's award for demonstrating the credit union philosophy of "people helping people" every day through hard work and dedication.

For the past 16 years, Johnson has given her time to ensure the success of not only her credit union, but the credit union movement. When her credit union CEO tragically died this year, Johnson went above and beyond to keep the credit union moving. In doing so, she earned the respect of her board and staff for putting her knowledge and experience to work.


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