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Cornerstone Credit Union League CEO Dick Ensweiler Says Hampel Will Make an Excellent Interim CEO
Friday, May 9, 2014 6:40 AM

Bill Hampel

Cornerstone Credit Union League CEO Dick Ensweiler says he’s confident in Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Chief Economist Bill Hampel’s ability to lead the national association in the interim as they search for a successor for departing CEO Bill Cheney.

“Bill is a seasoned credit union executive. He has served CUNA for a number of years in Madison and in Washington, D.C.,” notes Ensweiler.  “He’s well regarded. He knows credit unions, and he understands the special role CUNA plays in the movement, as well as its responsibility to credit unions and leagues.”

Hampel will assume the role of interim CEO June 11, which is the same day that Cheney returns to California to become president/CEO of Santa Ana-based SchoolsFirst FCU, the largest credit union in that state.

Hampel, a senior member of CUNA's credit union advocacy team in Washington, is one of the longest-tenured executives at CUNA, having joined the association as an economist in 1978, promoted to vice president in 1985 and to senior vice president and chief economist in 1992.

An expert on the economy and credit union issues, he is regularly interviewed by major national television, radio and print media. Hampel also presents the results of the annual holiday spending survey, which is conducted by CUNA and the Consumer Federation of America.

He has also testified numerous times before Congress and is a registered lobbyist, advocating on behalf of credit unions on a wide variety of issues.

Prior to joining CUNA, Hampel was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Montana-Missoula. Before that he was an instructor of economics at Iowa State University at Ames.

CUNA's search for a permanent CEO will continue throughout the summer; the CUNA Board hopes to make a hire by this fall. Meanwhile, CUNA Vice President of Economics and Statistics Mike Schenk has been named acting chief economist for the association.