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Hollen, Martinez and Cooperative Trust Honored by Foundation
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:50 AM

NCUF Dinner
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Record Attendance at Wegner Awards Dinner Held in Conjunction with CUNA GAC

The National Credit Union Foundation presented three Herb Wegner Memorial Awards at its annual dinner Monday night at the Marriott Marquis in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, DC. Denise Gabel, chief operating officer of the Northwest Credit Union Association, served as the night’s emcee.

A record-breaking group of more than 900 credit union leaders and supporters attended the dinner. The awards ceremony celebrated the highest national honors in the credit union movement:

  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: Stan Hollen, retired president/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services;
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: Maria Martinez, president/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union; and
  • Outstanding Program: The Cooperative Trust from Filene Research Institute.

Click here to read more about the 2017 award winners.

Click here to watch the 2017 winners' tribute videos on YouTube

“The credit union movement is enjoying great growth and in no small part due to collaboration and cooperation between credit unions,” said Hollen after accepting his award. “CO-OP Financial Services is a perfect example of credit unions working together. I was privileged to be CEO of CO-OP during a period of growth and expansion of services to our 3,500 credit unions.”

“Think about the Crashers you’ve met over the years,” said James Marshall, manager of The Cooperative Trust, after accepting the award. “They represent you. They represent credit unions and they represent America. My challenge to you: talk to them, teach them, engage them, learn from them; they are our future.”

“Receiving this award tonight is a dream come true, which I know comes at the cost of a lot of other people’s work,” said Martinez after accepting her award. “I’m honored and humbled to receive this award on behalf of my credit union staff and the communities that have embraced our undertakings.”

This year’s winners joined an elite group of 61 individuals and 26 organizations whose efforts over the past 29 years have earned them the recognition of Herb Wegner Memorial Awards.

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About the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards:
The awards are named in honor of the late Credit Union National Association CEO Herb Wegner, whose tireless dedication, innovative ideas and deeds truly revolutionized the ways that credit unions serve their communities.  The awards that bear Wegner’s name recognize his spirit of “innovative, creative, risk-taking” leadership. View past award recipients here.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through grants and programs, the Foundation is strengthening financial well-being, igniting passion and instilling knowledge about the credit union difference, and uniting resources to help credit union people during disaster. Donations to the Foundation ultimately enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. The Foundation continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.