NASHVILLE, Tenn. (5/31/13)--The Tennessee Credit Union League and Volunteer Corporate CU recently inducted two individuals into the Tennessee Credit Union Hall of Fame at the TCUL Annual Convention and Expo in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
The Tennessee Credit Union Hall of Fame had two inductees for 2013. Pictured from left, are: Rick Veach, CEO, VolCorp; inductee Dickie Johnson, chairman of the board, Electric Service CU, Nashville; inductee Blake Strickland, president/CEO, Tennessee Valley FCU, Chattanooga; and Fred Robinson, president, Tennessee Credit Union League. (Photo provided by VolCorp)
The 2013 inductees are W. Blake Strickland, president/CEO, Tennessee Valley FCU, Chattanooga, and Dickie Johnson, chairman of the board, Electric Service CU, Nashville.
Jointly sponsored by the TCUL and VolCorp, induction into the Tennessee Credit Union Hall of Fame is awarded annually to recognize the commitment, leadership and dedication that individuals from the state have made to the credit union movement.
Strickland began his credit union career with Tennessee Valley FCU in 1978 as its first marketing director. Appointed as president/CEO in 1999, he has guided the credit union to $975 million in assets with 14 branch locations. Strickland served as board chairman of VolCorp from 2005 to 2009 and as a league director in 2007.
Johnson served as president/manager of Electric Service CU from 1969 until 1992. During his tenure as president/manager, ESCU grew from $2.5 million to $28 million in assets. Johnson's service continues as the current board chairman of ESCU. Other credit union service includes serving on the league board from 1986 until 1992 and as league chairman in 1989-1990.