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Southwest 66 CU Continues Upward Trajectory with Honorable Mention as CUNA Community CU of the Year
Monday, August 31, 2015 6:55 AM

Credit Union National Association has announced the winners of the 2015 Community Credit Union of the Year Award, an honor that recognizes credit unions that have performed exemplary work related to community involvement. Recognized for the second year in a row with Honorable Mention is Southwest 66 Credit Union in Odessa, Texas.

Judging was based on three criteria: member impact, community impact, and financial impact. This year's awards will be presented to credit unions in two asset categories:  less than $250 million in assets and more than $250 million in assets, with only a first place and honorable mention winner in each category. Southwest 66 won honorable mention in the category of less than $250 million in assets.

“We are incredibly blessed to have received this award for the second year in a row and are humbled by it," said Southwest 66 President and CEO Sean Cahill. "Our board and staff set out every day to find the best way to serve our members, and we are honored by this recognition.”

Cahill is grateful to his credit union's many supporters. “I would like to thank our board for their constant support and strategic guidance and a number of key partners that helped us achieve this recognition. First, the Cornerstone League and CU Resources have been incredible partners in moving our credit union forward with the Juntos Avanzamos designation and several other programs like the Filene Borrow and Save Initiative. 

"The Federation has been wonderful as well, assisting us in achieving our CDFI designation and writing grants to promote financial education and literacy. Finally, Fiserv, as our technology partner, has been head and shoulders above the rest of the vendors in the industry in providing us tools to better understand and serve our members. They are true partners and not vendors to us, and they have the vision to continue building the future-oriented technology our members are searching for.”

“The winners of this year’s award prove that the generous, cooperative spirit of the credit union movement extends beyond the credit union itself,” said James Carrick, CUNA vice president of learning events. “We are proud and honored to recognize the accomplishments of these credit unions that have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their communities.”

Winners will be honored during the CUNA Community Credit Union Conference slated for Sept. 22-25 in Phoenix. Southwest 66 will join three other honored Community Credit Unions of the year, and they are:  Northeast Community CU, Elizabethton, TN, first place with less than $250 million in assets; and Royal CU, Eau Claire, WI, first place with more than $250 million in assets; and BayPort CU, Newport News, VA, honorable mention with more than $250 million in assets.

“If we can make our member’s lives and the community better just a little bit each day," Cahill says, "we feel like we are living our mission of people helping people.”