'PAC Contributors Reception' Thanks Leaders in Advocacy

Individual "Advocacy Award" individuals and credit unions (pictured with all "Credit Union Award" honorees): Jeff Napper (from LBS Financial CU), Rick Schmidt (from WestStar CU), Orange County’s CU (represented by Shruti Miyashiro - not pictured); Boulder Dam CU (represented by Eric Estes); CUNA Mutual Group; and Marvel Ford (from California CU).
Individual "Advocacy Award" individuals and credit unions (pictured with all "Credit Union Award" honorees): Jeff Napper (from LBS Financial CU), Rick Schmidt (from WestStar CU), Orange County’s CU (represented by Shruti Miyashiro - not pictured); Boulder Dam CU (represented by Eric Estes); CUNA Mutual Group; and Marvel Ford (from California CU).

The credit union movement wouldn’t be where it is today without advocates who devote their time and resources to fighting on behalf of their credit union’s members. This was the key theme of the PAC Contributors Reception on Thursday night during the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ REACH 2018 conference in Hollywood, CA.

After three days of lively events, collaboration and fostering a deeper perspective, those who are involved in advocacy at the state and federal political levels (Political Action Committee) took a break from each day’s events to come together and be celebrated by the Leagues and the entire industry for their hard work and efforts.

Every year, a special group of credit union leaders and professionals make more of a difference than their members will ever know by attending annual political events hosted by the Leagues and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), visiting state and federal legislators, dialoging with regulators, and devoting their energies to similar initiatives that engage politicians and policymakers on the “credit union difference.”

In conjunction, the Leagues would like to thank the following League Advocacy Award honorees for their ongoing commitment to advocating on behalf of credit unions and their members:

  • ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR (CALIFORNIA): Jeff Napper, LBS Financial CU
  • ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR (NEVADA): Rick Schmidt, WestStar CU
  • ADVOCATE CREDIT UNION OF THE YEAR (CALIFORNIA): Orange County’s CU (Shruti Miyashiro)
  • ADVOCATE CREDIT UNION OF THE YEAR (NEVADA): Boulder Dam CU (Eric Estes)
  • SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR: CUNA Mutual Group
  • POLITICAL PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: Marvel Ford, California CU

Want a "recap" of REACH 2018? Visit the "REACH Onsite Live" news page! Also check out the REACH Social Wall—a round-up of social media posts. Or see Twitter (@CUatREACH). This year’s REACH 2018 conference—hosted by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues from Nov. 6 – 9—was held at the Loews Hotel near Hollywood & Highland (in Hollywood, CA), a world-class entertainment destination. The annual REACH conference is a premier event drawing 700 – 800 credit union leaders and system partners from across the United States.

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