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NCUF's Wegner Awards Go To Craig, Hoosman, CU Miracle Day
Click to view larger image National Credit Union Foundation Chairman Laida Garcia and Vice Chairman John Radebaugh present Rick Craig (right), retired president/CEO of America First FCU, Riverdale, Utah, with the Herb Wegner Award for Lifetime Achievement.

WASHINGTON (2/27/13)--The National Credit Union Foundation presented three Herb Wegner Memorial Awards at its annual dinner Monday night at the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.  

The event celebrated three of the highest national honors in the credit union movement:

"I am appreciative of the support and guidance that senior managers and the rest of the America First FCU team gave in insuring that we focused on the needs of the membership, especially during the Great Recession," Craig said after accepting his award. "What lawmakers permit or prohibit will be the rules under which credit unions will operate, so please become advocates for credit unions with Congress and state legislatures. Your credit union and its ideals are worth fighting for."

  • Lifetime Achievement: Rick Craig, retired president/CEO of America First FCU, Riverdale, Utah;
  • Individual Achievement: Hubert H. Hoosman Jr., president/CEO of Vantage CU, Bridgeton, Mo.; and
  • Outstanding Program: Credit Union Miracle Day.

Craig became executive vice president at America First FCU in 1977. In 1997, he was appointed president/CEO. In addition to the credit union's many community activities, Craig is regarded a leader in adopting new technologies at America First FCU to benefit members and make managing money easier. America First FCU also participates in the Member Loyalty Group, which consists of large credit unions nationwide using the Net Promoter survey score. America First FCU consistently leads the group in the highest scores from its members.

Hoosman, during the past 30 years, has held several management positions, including loan department manager, branch manager, and vice president of operations and executive vice president, before becoming president/CEO of Vantage CU in 1994. When Hoosman started his career at the credit union in 1982, the asset size of the credit union was $34 million. Today, Vantage CU is the fourth-largest credit union in Missouri, with assets approaching $700 million. Hoosman took the lead nationally with credit unions in helping to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by raising funds for a national monument which now stands in Washington, D.C.

Click to view larger image Hubert Hoosman, president/CEO of Vantage CU, Bridgeton, Mo., speaks after accepting the Herb Wegner Award for Individual Achievement.

Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD), through its family of races benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, has made a significant impact in the credit union industry, said NCUF. CUMD is the largest national credit union event for Credit Unions for Kids, a nonprofit collaboration of credit union organizations engaged in fundraising activities to benefit the hospitals. CUMD started with the 2002 credit union sponsorship of its now flagship event, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. Last year, CUMD expanded its cause to a family of races benefiting children's hospitals through Credit Unions for Kids. To date, Credit Union Miracle Day has generated more than $5.5 million for 136 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide.

This year's winners will join a group of 49 individuals and 23 organizations whose efforts during the past 25 years have earned them the recognition of Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. More than 830 credit union leaders and supporters attended Monday night's dinner in conjunction with CUNA's GAC.

Click to view larger image Juri Valdov, Credit Union Miracle Day chairman, speaks after accepting the Herb Wegner Award for Outstanding Program.  (Photos provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
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