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Chocolate Bayou’s Davis Retires After 41 Years Serving CU Movement
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 6:55 AM

Gary Davis

Gary Davis is retiring from the credit union movement after 41 years of dedicated service—26 at Chocolate Bayou Credit Union. Davis' last day in the office was Friday, July 29.

Davis and his successor, Gary Angeles, recently visited Cornerstone Credit Union League. Davis wanted to introduce Angeles around and provide an overview of Cornerstone's products and services.

Credit Union Resources Executive Search worked with the Chocolate Bayou and its board to find Angeles for the CEO position. Angeles previously served as the chief operating officer at Pima Federal Credit Union in Tucson, Ariz.

Davis served on the Texas Credit Union League (now Cornerstone) board for 20 years and was its chairman from 2004–2006. 

Cornerstone CEO Dick Ensweiler said, "As I like to remind him, Gary is one of the longest serving board members, and he was on the board that hired me. When people fuss about something I might have done, I tell them to blame Gary Davis."

Davis also served on and chaired the Credit Union Resources board, served on the Texas Credit Union Foundation board, chaired the Governmental Affairs Committee, served on the CUNA Strategic Services board and CUNA’s GAC Committee, and in 2002 was named the Southwest CUNA Management School’s Alumnus of the Year. 

Davis shared with Ensweiler that not many people get the opportunity to work this many years in a profession and job that they have truly loved, and that has been so rewarding.

"I want to thank everyone for your friendship, for sharing so many memories and for being a great part of my life," Davis said. "I’ve also had the tremendous support of my wife Cheryl and our kids, Alicia, Brad, Elizabeth, and AJ. Thank you, family! I would also like to thank the board and staff of my CBCFCU family for all your support. You have been wonderful, and this ride would not have been possible without you. I’ve been lucky to have worked with you.”

While Davis has no immediate plans upon his retirement, he hopes to do what he and his wife Cheryl want to “without having to juggle things around a work schedule.” They love to dance, and they travel around Texas to experience dance halls. They have grandchildren, and Davis enjoys golf, fishing, and hunting, so he'll have plenty to keep him active.