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CU People and News Briefs
Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:40 AM

Gary Jones to Retire and Nate Webb to Serve as President of the Oklahoma CU Association

Nate WebbGary Jones, president of the Oklahoma Credit Union Association has announced his plans to retire. Jones is credited for his genuine support, as well as his positive efforts throughout the consolidation process. Nate Webb has been selected at the next president of the Oklahoma Credit Union Association and will assume the position in March. Jones’ retirement is effective March 31.

Webb knows credit unions, and has in fact been talking about the credit union difference with the elected officials in both Oklahoma and Washington for the past three years.  As a partner with Capitol Gains, LLC, a lobbying firm in Oklahoma City that has represented the league for many years, he has been retained by the league to represent credit unions before legislators and regulators.  

From January 2007 to February 2011, Webb was chief of staff in the office of then Congresswoman [and now Governor] Mary Fallin. From October 2003 to December 2006, he served as chief of staff when Fallin was Lieutenant Governor. It is interesting to note that Congressman Steve Largent tapped Webb as his communication director when Largent was a candidate for governor in 2002.

Webb graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma majoring in journalism and political science. Also, from June 1975 to August 1979, he served in the United States Navy.

Stephen T. Brown Named President/CEO of Alcoa Community FCU

Alcoa Community FCU CEOAlcoa Community FCU (ACFCU) board of directors selected Stephen Brown, formerly a senior managing director at Acxiom, as the credit union’s new president/CEO, effective February 1. 

“Brown’s forward-thinking and results-driven sales and business development background make him the perfect choice for this position,” said Bob Tedford, board member. “Brown brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his recent experience at Acxiom, and from his past experience in the banking industry. His enthusiasm for the credit union’s cooperative nature is inspiring, and I have no doubt he will successfully lead the credit union in the right direction.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the ACFCU team and I look forward helping this organization grow and prosper,” Brown remarked. “As a credit union, our focus is to provide the people in our community with a secure, trustworthy financial partner; and I plan on doing just that.”

AMOCO FCU Celebrated Their 77th Annual Meeting

AMOCO FCU recently hosted their 77th Annual Meeting at the Charles T. Doyle Convention Center in Texas City. Spring is known to be the season of new beginnings, so AMOCO went back to the basics with a fresh approach for their 77th Annual Meeting. AMOCO employees and members gathered in the Texas Heroes Room at the Doyle Center where the members were stunned to see the room transformed with trees, plants, lamp posts and flowers.

Members were also welcomed by the Clear Brook High School Orchestra. To start the night, AMOCO President and CEO Shawn Bailey took to the stage to announce the standout individuals of 2013. The following awards were given:

  • 2013 Employee of the Year: Shanna Criss
  • 2013 Manager of the Year: Nathan Ashworth
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Ruben Torres, supervisory committee member
  • 2013 Member of the Year: Darrell Isaacks
  • 2013 SEG (Select Employee Group) of the Year: City of Galveston

Bailey then briefly spoke about the credit union’s past success in the “State of the Credit Union Address” before he announced who would be filling the new positions for the Board of Directors. Bob Steel took position two, Roger McCrary took position four and Tim Bulow took position six.

Following the business meeting, AMOCO members had time to socialize and indulge in various food items that were prepared by Grand Finale Catering.

In addition to creating memorable bonds and providing an entertaining night, AMOCO supplied giveaways for their members. Everyone was able to take home a foldable chair and the kids left with kites. That was not all though, every member had a chance to enter to win a cash prize. Feb. 18, 73 lucky members were drawn to win the cash prize, which ranged from $25-$500.

Three San Antonio Schools Raise Nearly 26 Tons of Food for Needy

Roosevelt High SchoolThree San Antonio schools have received recognition for raising the most food during the Food 4 SA food drive held this past November. Together, students at Roosevelt High School, Alamo Heights Junior School and Howsman Elementary School collected 51,545 pounds of food in the annual drive sponsored by Security Service FCU (SSFCU) along with other community partners for the San Antonio Food Bank.

The credit union awarded $250 to each school for their efforts. Now in its 11th year, the annual, month-long drive hit a record amount of donations – 1,477,080 pounds – enough to provide more than 1,152,122 meals.