PHOENIX (4/22/13)--The Mountain West Credit Union Association elected officers and presented awards during its 2013 annual convention attended by 525 credit union representatives, guests and vendors, in Phoenix April 4-6.
Robert Ramirez, president/CEO of Vantage West CU, Tucson, Ariz., was elected board chairman, succeeding Mike Williams, president/CEO of Colorado CU, Littleton, Colo. Other officers are:
- Vice chair: Susan Frank, president/CEO, Desert Schools FCU, Phoenix;
- Treasurer: John Uchida, president/CEO, Space Age FCU, Aurora, Colo.; and
- Secretary: Jim Yates, president/CEO, First Education FCU, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Newly elected board members include Doug Ferraro, president/CEO of Bellco CU, Greenwood Village, Colo., and Dan Kester, president/CEO of Sooper CU, Denver.
Three board members were re-elected: Frank; Dan Desmond, president/CEO, TruWest CU, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Walt Marx, president/CEO of College CU of Greeley, Greeley, Colo.
MWCUA also announced its Volunteer of the Year was Dale Rutt, board member and past chairman, Sooper CU. The 2013 Professional of the Year was Mark Lau, president/CEO of Denver (Colo.) Fire Department FCU.
Colorado CU was named Advocacy Team of the Year, and Ana Corona, branch manager, ATA FCU, Yuma, Ariz., was named MWCA's Legislative and Political Coordinator of the Year.
MWCUA and the Arizona Youth Involvement Network also sponsored the conference's young professionals program, with 18 young professionals participating in convention activities and mentoring sessions with Williams; Frank; Uchida; LC Williams ,board chair of Space Age FCU; and Chris Kemm, vice president, political affairs at MWCUA.
The convention theme was "What's Next: Taking the Future Head On," a topic addressed by keynote speakers Michael Rogers, a technology pioneer, novelist and journalist, and Jack Shaw, business technologies expert.