Minnesota Credit Union Champions Honored
Monday, April 4, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (April 4, 2016) – The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) presented its most prestigious awards – The Simon Hellermann Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer of the Year, and Outstanding Credit Union Professional of the Year – at a ceremony held during the MnCUN 2016 Annual Meeting & Convention on April 1. These awards are given to those who have demonstrated excellence and leadership, and who also embody the credit union mission.
The Simon Hellermann Award, last awarded in 2006, recognizes demonstrated excellence in credit union philanthropy and contributions to the credit union movement in Minnesota. The award was established in 1999 as a tribute to Minnesota credit union philanthropist Simon Hellermann, and honors those outstanding contributions by an individual, credit union, or group to a humanitarian cause. This year, the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s honoree for the Simon Hellermann Award is Hiway Federal Credit Union, for their longstanding commitment and contributions to Credit Unions for Kids and Gillette Children’s Hospital. Hiway Federal Credit Union has supported Minnesota’s Credit Union for Kids chapter since its inception, and was recently recognized for raising over $410,000 since 1997.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a credit union volunteer who best represents the credit union spirit through dedication to, and belief in, the credit union movement. Recipients are chosen based on their involvement with credit unions at the local and state levels, along with participation in activities that better their communities. This year’s Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer of the Year Award honor is awarded to Keith Hauge, Board Chairman of Ideal Credit Union. Hauge has been a volunteer with Ideal for 35 years.
The 2016 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award is given to a remarkable person who truly stands behind the “people helping people” credit union philosophy. This year, the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s honoree for Outstanding Credit Union Professional of the Year Award goes to Kelly McDonough, President of First Alliance Credit Union. McDonough has served as President of First Alliance Credit Union in Rochester for the last 13 years, and is a true advocate for the credit union industry.
“The Minnesota Credit Union Network is pleased to honor Hiway Federal Credit Union, Keith Hauge, and Kelly McDonough, for their tremendous contributions to their credit unions and the credit union movement,” said Mark Cummins, MnCUN President & CEO. “Their dedication is inspiring, and the Network is proud to have people like them working on behalf of all credit unions. I congratulate them on receiving these well-deserved awards.”
Video tributes of each of the award winners are available on the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s website.
Simon Hellermann Award: Mark Cummins, President & CEO Minnesota Credit Union Network, Dave Boden, President & CEO Hiway Federal Credit Union, Chuck Albrecht, MnCUN Board Chairman and President & CEO Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union.
Volunteer of the Year: Mark Cummins, President & CEO Minnesota Credit Union Network, Keith Hauge, Board Chairman Ideal Credit Union, Chuck Albrecht, MnCUN Board Chairman and President & CEO Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union.
Professional of the Year: Mark Cummins, President & CEO Minnesota Credit Union Network, Kelly McDonough, President & CEO First Alliance Credit Union, Chuck Albrecht, MnCUN Board Chairman and President & CEO Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union.
The Minnesota Credit Union Network is the statewide trade association that works to ensure the success, growth and vitality of Minnesota credit unions. With nearly $20 billion in assets, Minnesota credit unions are local, trusted financial cooperatives that serve more than 1.6 million members at 400 branch locations around the state. As not-for-profit institutions, credit unions give back to the communities they serve. For more information, visit www.mncun.org.
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