NEW YORK (4/22/13)--Harriet May, former CEO of Government Employees CU, El Paso, Texas, is the 2013 recipient of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions' Annie Vamper "Helping Hands" Award.
The award is the highest honor presented by the federation. It was established in remembrance of Annie Wilma Vamper, the federation's late associate director and celebrates Vamper's lifelong dedication to the community development credit union movement.
"Harriet embodies the spirit of the Annie Vamper award, having dedicated her career to serving low-income individuals and families in her own community," said Cathie Mahon, federation president/CEO. "She continues this work on a national level sharing her mission, vision and know-how with credit unions all over the country."
May, a former chairman of the Credit Union National Association, will receive her award at a special ceremony June 7, during the federation's 2013 Annual Conference in Baltimore,
May began working at Government Employees CU in 1974 and was promoted to CEO in 1996. During her tenure, May helped GECU double its asset size to more than $1.8 billion with more than 300,000 members. Under her leadership, GECU deployed about $125 million into the community each year.
In 2008, she received the National Credit Union Foundation's Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference. May was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the World Council of Credit Unions in 2009 and 2010. She also was recognized for her leadership in supporting the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in 2010.