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Lending Council Names Deke Alexander Lending Professional of the Year
Friday, May 19, 2017 6:50 AM

Deke Alexander with Mike Delker
Cornerstone SVP Credit Union Relations Mike Delker presents Deke Alexander, LiFE Credit Union, with the award for Lending Professional of the Year.

At the annual meeting of the Cornerstone Credit Union League Lending Council, the award for Lending Professional of the Year was awarded to Deke Alexander, chief lending officer for LiFE Federal Credit Union.

The meeting took place at the Southwest Lending Council Conference in Austin, and the award was presented by Mike Delker, Cornerstone SVP credit union relations.

"In a short time, Deke has created a credit department that consists of two loan officers, a credit analyst, a loan administrator, and himself," said LiFE CEO Dustin Fuller. "Although he tightened lending policies, he still exemplifies the credit union motto of people helping people by thinking outside the box to get a loan approved, as well as actually motivating members to better themselves financially. His personal goal is to relieve a member's stress financially so they can worry about more important aspects of life. He lives out the vision and mission of our credit union in every characteristic of his life."

Among his accomplishments, Alexander brought on new loan products such as member business loans, lot loans, and construction loans; he reduced delinquencies; and grew loans 78.38 percent while maintaining great asset quality overall.

Dustin Bentley and Jennifer Webb
Lending Council Executive Committee members Dustin Bentley, WEOKIE CU, and Jennifer Webb, FivePoint CU.

An increase in loans has led to an increase in gross revenue that is allowing the credit union to open its second location under Alexander's leadership.

The purpose of the Cornerstone Credit Union League's Lending Professional of the Year award is to recognize outstanding lending results through stable and sustainable operations.

Current executive members of the Lending Council are:

  • Mike Roark, Chair/Nominating Committee Chair, Neighborhood CU
  • Billy McDaniel, Vice Chair/Conference Committee Chair, Communication FCU
  • Dustin Bentley, Secretary/Treasurer, WEOKIE Credit Union
  • Kanika Boutte, Education Committee Chair, Energy Capital CU
  • Gary Parker, Membership Committee Chair, 1st University CU
  • Jennifer Webb, Chair/Membership Committee Advisor, FivePoint CU
Executive Committee Members
Left to right: Billy McDaniel, Communication CU; Torrance Harris, Houston Texas Fire Fighters CU; Sonya Harris, People's Trust FCU, Lorri Gaither, Cornerstone Credit Union League; and Jay Foote, Tinker FCU.
Gary Parker and Mike Roark
Lending Council Executive Committee members Gary Parker and Mike Roark.

About the Lending Council
The Lending Council was launched by the Texas Credit Union league (now Cornerstone Credit Union League) in 2001. Currently, the Council has 261 members. Council membership is open to paid staff or volunteers from league-affiliated credit unions. Potential members may join by visiting the Lending Council web page.