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Suzy Brinkman-Doughty Dies
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:55 AM

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The Cornerstone Credit Union League has learned that Suzy Brinkman-Doughty passed away on Oct. 21. For the past 28 years she served as CEO of NAFT FCU in Pharr, Texas. She began her credit union career in 1979 as a data processing manager for Corpus Christi Area Teachers CU (Coastal Community and Teachers CU)  During her leadership at NAFT, Brinkman-Doughty demonstrated the people helping people philosophy through credit unions.  Locally, she participated in community organizations, even the credit union name was changed to the acronym Neighbors And Families Together.  

Brinkman-Doughty was a long-time leader of the Magic Valley Chapter; the Valley District credit unions elected her to the board of directors for Cornerstone (formerly Texas Credit Union League) where she served from 1993 to 2004.  On the Cornerstone board, she was elected to the executive committee and served on numerous committees, including the International Relationships Committee.  Nationally, she served on the first board of directors of Credit Union National Association (CUNA) that was seated following the newly-structured, post-renewal of the CUNA board.  She was elected by Asset Category A [small] credit unions in CUNA Region 5 [composed of 12 states] and served from 1997 to 2002.  With CUNA she also served on key committees such as Finance.

In 2011, Brinkman-Doughty told the DailyFinance that NAFT does what nonprofit financial institutions do best:  cater to the needs of its local community, providing a high level of personalized customer service.  We are not focused on growing assets but serving new members and focusing on attracting the younger generation.   She was a voice for the credit union difference:  for the people in community and the elected officials in Austin and Washington.    

Brinkman-Doughty was preceded in death by her husband, AC Doughty who died in 2004. He was also a credit union CEO in the valley ara. Cornerstone will share funeral details when that information becomes available.