BISMARCK, N.D. (6/7/10)--Mid-America Credit Union Association (MACUA) has named Robbie Thompson as president/CEO, the association announced Friday.
Thompson, currently vice president general counsel of Members Cooperative CU, a $280 million asset credit union based in Cloquet, Minn., has almost 20 years in the financial services industry. Previously, he served as association general counsel of the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN). He also served as senior vice president of league services and general counsel at the New Jersey Credit Union League. While there, Thompson provided legal advice and support to the league, and oversaw several areas of the association, including the education department, compliance and legal department, foundation, and small credit union initiative. Thompson also has been a speaker at numerous local and national conferences on compliance and legal topics and has published articles in a number of publications. "Robbie brings a tremendous amount of credit union and association management experience to our organization," said MACUA Board Chair Doug Thompson. "His background in working directly in credit unions as well as association leadership and his 'hands on' experience in professional trade association advocacy will be a valuable asset to our credit union members across the Dakotas," he added. "Credit unions face many challenges in the years ahead, but also have many opportunities," said Robbie Thompson. "A strong MACUA now and in the future will help credit unions both address those challenges and find those solutions. I want to put a significant focus on MACUA being a strong advocate both politically and in our communities for credit unions. I look forward to getting to work and hearing from the credit unions in North and South Dakota about the direction they hope to see MACUA take in the future." Minnesota Credit Union Network President/CEO Mark Cummins noted that he was pleased to see a former MnCUN employee and credit union senior staff member "continuing his career in the movement. Through his leadership, I look forward to developing a close working relationship with our neighboring credit unions in North and South Dakota." "Robbie understands the operational, marketplace, and political challenges credit unions are facing," said New Jersey league President/CEO Paul Gentile. "He will be a great leader for North and South Dakota credit unions during these very interesting times." MACU, headquartered in Bismarck, serves 78 credit unions with more than 442,000 members and assets in excess of $4.38 billion.