| CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney, fourth from left, poses with Network for Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP) board members after receiving NLCUP's Leadership & Vision Award.
Hispanics are critical to the future growth of the nation's credit unions, according to Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney.
Cheney spoke Tuesday at the annual networking reception sponsored by the Network for Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP) at the Hall of the Americas in Washington, D.C.
Cheney was the recipient of NCLUP's 2013 Leadership & Vision Award.
He noted that the importance of ethnic diversity has been apparent during his entire career in the credit union movement, beginning in his hometown of San Antonio and continuing during his days as a credit union CEO and then as CEO of the California and Nevada credit union leagues.
"Last fall's presidential election was a clear indication of how strong a presence Hispanics now have," said Cheney. "And you can see the future by simply looking at diversity of school children across America."
Joining Cheney as an award recipient was Iowa Credit Union League Chief Operating Officer Murray Williams, who received NLCUP's Leadership & Support Award.
Murray spoke of the late Warren Morrow, the founder of the league's Hispanic consulting subsidiary,Coopera Consulting, and of the passion and vision Morrow had for credit unions and the important role they must play in building wealth in Hispanic communities.
Williams was instrumental in creating the partnership between CUNA and Coopera and the emerging partnership between those two organizations and NLCUP.
Speakers at the event included U.S. Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Pete P. Gallego (D-Texas).
The luncheon was sponsored by CUNA's Hispanic Outreach Committee and Coopera Consulting.
NLCUP's event was held in conjunction with CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference, which is meeting this week in Washington, D.C., and which will include 4,200 credit union representatives visiting their legislators on Capitol Hill this afternoon and Thursday.
| Murray Williams (second from left), chief operating officer at the Iowa Credit Union League, receives the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP) 2013 Leadership and Support Award from NLCUP Board Member Maria Martinez, while members of the NLCUP board look on. (Photos provided by CUNA)