California CU CEO Ron McDaniel Receives Prestigious Industry Award

Ron McDaniel, CEO of California Credit Union in Glendale, recently received the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Buck Levins Political Activist Award for his invaluable contributions to state and national advocacy efforts throughout the years.

CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle presented McDaniel—who is set to retire as CEO of the credit union this month— with the prestigious award during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. The award is named after an influential CUNA board chairman, and recognizes one credit union CEO, staff, or board member who demonstrates exceptional leadership in advocacy.

In addition, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) also honored McDaniel on the floor of Congress in advance of McDaniel’s upcoming retirement.

McDaniel is known as a leader amongst his peers. He served on the boards of the CUNA and the California Credit Union League; the latter is the Ontario, CA-based trade association for credit unions in the state. And he is an active participant of the California Department of Business Oversight’s credit union advisory committee.

“Ron is excellent ambassador for our movement,” said California Credit Union League President and CEO Diana Dykstra. “He is a strong and passionate advocate for credit unions, and is truly a deserving recipient of the Buck Levins Award.”

During the mid-1990s, he was involved in a pivotal moment within the credit union industry. That’s when the Navy decided to reduce operations at Naval Air Station Point Mugu. McDaniel was then CEO of Point Mugu Federal Credit Union, and under his leadership, the credit union decided to become more of a “community charter” credit union serving the needs of consumers throughout Ventura County. When the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) approved this expansion, the banking industry sued the NCUA. This lawsuit, along with a second similar one, became the force behind the industry to push for passage of the Credit Union Membership Access Act (H.R. 1151). His tireless efforts and those of others resulted in the passage of HR 1151 n 1998.

McDaniel’s credit union career spans 23 years, including stints at Point Mugu FCU (which later merged into Premier America Credit Union) where he served as CEO for 19 years. He became CEO of California Credit Union in 2004.

For his accomplishments and contributions, he received the California Credit Union League’s Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and its Advocacy Lifetime Award in 2016.

Out in the community McDaniel served for several years on the board of Cal Lutheran University’s Alumni Association including one term as president. He also served on the university’s Board of Regents and as chairman of the Credit Unions for Kids Advisory Board for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Tina Ramos-Ingold, Media Relations Specialist
California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues

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