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Cornerstone’s Ensweiler Announces Plan to Retire
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 7:00 AM

Dick Ensweiler

Today, Cornerstone Credit Union League President/CEO Richard L. “Dick” Ensweiler has advised the Cornerstone board of directors of his desire to retire, effective April 30, 2017. The board of directors has formed a search committee and has retained the executive search services of Credit Union Resources to execute a nationwide search.  

“Following the successful consolidation of three state leagues and their respective service corporations and foundations, the board of directors worked with Dick on a contract that ensured continuity and stability following the creation of Cornerstone in July 2013,” explains Cornerstone Chairman Kenny Harrington, president/CEO of MemberSource Credit Union, Houston, Texas.

“Today, Cornerstone is the largest regional credit union trade association in the country and has been established as one of the most respected and effective organizations advocating on behalf of credit unions. Much of that success and recognition is a result of Dick’s leadership,” continues Harrington. “We are grateful to him and the Cornerstone staff for their service to our industry and how Cornerstone has been successfully positioned to be a leader in the credit union movement well into the future.”

Marcus Cotton, executive recruiter with Credit Union Resources, will head the national search.

Cornerstone, in serving its member credit unions, has been recognized for its significant contributions under Ensweiler’s leadership in just two years following its creation:

  • Nine new member credit unions in 2015
  • A record Net Promoter Score in 2015 of 75 as determined by member credit unions
  • Financially sound league, service corporation, and foundation with healthy reserves
  • Successful legislative advocacy victories during 2015, the first year as Cornerstone in which all three legislatures—Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas—were in full session
  • Member engagement program was successfully launched and executed, helping to ensure increased and consistent engagement by credit unions with Cornerstone and its subsidiary organizations
  • Record contributions and fundraising activities to the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation in 2015 
  • Ensweiler has assembled a highly qualified leadership team and staff that has been built strategically to carry the association into the future, serving in the best interest of Cornerstone member credit unions 

Ensweiler began his career with the Texas Credit Union League in 1995, at one of the low points in the association’s history, and successfully built the association to what Cornerstone has become today.

“I have been blessed and honored to serve credit unions in many capacities over the span of more than five decades dating back to my first credit union job working as a management trainee at State Central Credit Union in Milwaukee and then as treasurer/manager of the Harley Davidson Credit Union, also in Milwaukee,” says Ensweiler. “This has been a wonderful ride, and I am so proud of what credit unions and Cornerstone have accomplished for the more than 100 million credit union members within our cooperative financial services system. I know that it will be well served by the next generation of leaders who are already making their mark on this fabulous movement."

“This is a system that was established under seven cooperative principles, and those principles continue to serve as a guidepost for how credit unions serve their members today. They emphasize respect, dignity, and best-in-class service that far exceed other financial institutions and sectors,” adds Ensweiler. “These principles are critically important in the environment in which we find ourselves today. I am convinced now more than ever that credit unions are simply the best option for most consumers, and that our system provides credit unions with the advocacy, tools, resources, and solutions that will continue to ensure their success and growth.”

Prior to joining the Texas Credit Union League in 1995, Ensweiler served as senior vice president of corporate relations at CUNA Mutual Group, and has served as president of the Minnesota Credit Union League and the Illinois Credit Union League and affiliates.

Ensweiler has served on the board of directors and as chairman of Credit Union National Association, US Central Credit Union, the American Association of Credit Union Leagues, and continues to serve on numerous credit union-related committees and boards, including the boards of the Credit Union Museum and Credit Union House as well as a trustee for his alma mater, Lakeland College.

Ensweiler holds designations as a Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE), Certified Association Executive (CAE), and Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE).

Ensweiler, during his career, has been honored by the World Council of Credit Unions with the WOCCU Ambassador Award in 2008 and Distinguished Service Award in 2015, the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP) with the Leadership & Vision Award in 2010, the National Credit Union Foundation as a 2010 recipient of the Herb Wegner Individual Achievement Award, and as an inductee of the Illinois Credit Union League Hall of Fame in 2007.