A [R]EVOLUTIONARY First Annual Meeting



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A [R]EVOLUTIONARY First Annual Meeting and Convention for the Mountain West Credit Union Association

Denver (5/16/2012) –The Mountain West Credit Union Association held its 2012 annual convention at the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs, CO May 9-12, 2012, which brought out over 400 people to participate in the convention, educational sessions and honor the Associations’ award recipients and newly elected board members. The Associations’ annual convention was themed [R]EVOLUTION to honor the exciting changes in advancing both credit union and consumer behavior.

The event featured keynote speakers such as, Dr. Donal Ratajczak, Ph.D., one of the country’s leading economic forecasters, Todd Bucholz, Author of Rush and New Ideas from Dead Economists, and Morton Kondracke, a journalist covering American politics and foreign policy in Washington D.C. for more than 40 years. Attendees were entertained in the evening by The Silhouettes, a professional children’s dance troupe featured on America’s Got Talent.  

The Mountain West Credit Union Association presented two prestigious awards. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Jim Bender from Boulder Valley Credit Union for noble service, and credit union spirit through dedication to and belief in the credit union movement.  

Also recognized was the 2012 Professional of the Year, Margaret Hunnicutt, president/CEO of Tempe Schools Credit Union. The professional of the year award recognizes an individual whose leadership and accomplishments have made significant contributions to their credit union, the credit union movement and the communities they serve.

Also making an appearance as part of the young professional program were a group known as Crashers. Sponsored by Cooperative Trust, CUNA Mutual, Strategic Partners and the AYIN, twelve young professionals participated in the event and attended extra mentor sessions lead by Mike Williams, president/CEO of Colorado Credit Union and chairman of the Association board as well as Jeff Russell, senior advisor at The Members Group (TMG), and Bob Hoel, who is a Filene Research Institute senior scholar as well as a member of the board of directors of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. 

President/CEO of the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Scott Earl said, “The event was a great success!” He continued, “It was exciting to see so many members come together to celebrate each other and so many of the year’s great accomplishments.”

Newly elected members of the Mountain West Credit Union association board of directors include,


Mike   Williams (chairman)

Colorado   Credit Union

Robert   Ramirez (vice-chair)

Vantage   West Credit Union

Jim   Yates (secretary)

First   Education Federal Credit Union

Susan   Frank (treasurer)

Desert   Schools Federal Credit Union

Keith   Cowling

Credit   Union of Denver

Dan   Desmond

TruWest   Credit Union

Steve   Higginson

Reliant   Federal Credit Union

Walt   Marx

College   Credit Union

Dave   Maus

Public   Service Credit Union

Colleen   Miller

Southwest   Healthcare Credit Union

Sundie   Seefried

Partner   Colorado Credit Union


Finally, the Mountain West Credit Union Association announced that the board of directors from the Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming Foundations, approved a proposed merger of the three state foundations. The newly merged Mountain West Credit Union Foundation is the first tri-state credit union foundation in the country. More information regarding the new Foundation can be found here

Mike Williams, chairman of the board of directors with Mountain West Credit Union Association said “All in all the conference was exceptional.”   He continued, “There was an undeniable buzz and air of excitement all around the event.”

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association

The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members. Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group. 



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mwcua12 awardwinners-001 L-R: Mike Williams, chairman of Mountain West Credit Union Association; Jim Bender (award recipient), Boulder Valley Credit Union; Steve Higginson, Reliant Federal Credit Union; Dan Desmond, TruWest Credit Union
mwcua12 awardwinners-002 L-R: Mike Williams, chairman of  Mountain West Credit Union Association; Margaret Hunnicutt (award recipient), Tempe Schools Credit Union; Dan Desmond, TruWest Credit Union; Steve Higginson, Reliant Federal Credit Union
mwcua12 awardwinners-003cu4kids L-R: Pat Bodnar, Mountain West Credit Union Association; Sundie Seedfried, Partner Colorado Credit Union