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Gary Parker Named SCMS 2018 Alumnus of the Year
Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:55 AM

Gary Parker
2018 Alumnus of the Year winner Gary Parker accepts award.

Southwest CUNA Management School has recognized 44-year credit union veteran Gary Parker as its 2018 Alumnus of the Year.

Parker's career began in 1974 with Oklahoma with Bison FCU and then First Family FCU, and he has been a whirlwind of committed service to credit unions ever since. At age 20, he was the youngest president of any credit union in the state of Oklahoma. Then in 1981, Parker joined 1st University Credit Union and decided it was too wonderful to ever leave! Today, that credit union, which serves and is located on the campus of Baylor University, has $12 million in assets and 1,900 members.

He has been chairman of the Oklahoma Credit Union League, chairman of Oklahoma Corporate FCU, prior to its merger to what is now Catalyst Corporate, and a board member of Texas Credit Union League—now Cornerstone. He is one of the founders of the Southwest Lending Council and Conference. And he served the Small Credit Union Committee for Credit Union National Association, as he is especially dedicated to the success of small credit unions.

He has served on the Cornerstone Credit Union League Lending Council, and he's active in the Central Texas Chapter. He's donated so generously to the Texas political action committee on behalf of credit unions that he made Cornerstone's elite Chairman's Circle.

In 2017, Parker served on a committee with the Federal Reserve chairman on matters pertaining to regulatory compliance. The committee's work produced regulatory relief for the financial system, which has been signed by the President.

Parker is well known to be one of the most active people in his community. Currently, he's serving on the Rise Up, Waco! Fundraising committee, which benefits Talitha Koum, a mental health and brain development program for extreme-risk children from birth to five years old.

Since 1st University Credit Union is also the credit union for Baylor University, you can find our Alumnus of the Year around town promoting Baylor causes as well. His credit union has even sponsored events to show appreciation for the good work the police do on the Baylor campus to keep students, staff, and visiting members protected and safe.

Cornerstone Credit Union League congratulates Gary Parker for his well-earned recognition as the SCMS 2018 Alumnus of the Year.