Who’s Your CU hero? Vote Now

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True heroism, tennis great and activist Arthur Ashe once said, “is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

That description readily fits the candidates for Credit Union Magazine’s 2011 Credit Union Hero of the Year Award.

Each year, Credit Union Magazine subscribers nominate and vote for one of four deserving credit union leaders. The top vote-getter is honored as Credit Union Hero of the Year at the America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo, held this year in San Antonio June 19-22.

Past winners include Linda Milton, CEO of Team Financial Federal Credit Union in Houston; CEO of Community First Credit Union, Appleton, Wis.; and Vic Thate, executive vice president for FAA Credit Union in Oklahoma City.

This year’s nominees:

* Ron Amstutz, executive vice president, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Phoenix. After his son recovered from a serious illness thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at a children’s hospital, Amstutz guided his credit union to become the No. 1 U.S. credit union for Children’s Miracle Network [http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/Partners/Sponsors/CUFK] fund raising.

* Michael Bittle, CEO of Vanderbilt University Employees’ Credit Union, Nashville, Tenn. When his neighbors and members suffered damage from the May 2010 Nashville floods, he rolled up his sleeves and created a suite of flood-relief loans to help them through the difficult days.

* Carol Schillios, founder of Schillios Consulting Group, Seattle. A microfinance entrepreneur, she has participated in numerous cooperative programs in more than a dozen countries on six continents.

* Maurice Smith, CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union, Raleigh, N.C. He helps members through tough financial times by providing mortgage loan modifications, alternatives to subprime debt, and unemployment protection options.

Voting ends Friday, May 13, so vote now to select Credit Union Magazine’s 2011 Credit Union Hero of the Year.

We’ll announce the winner next week.

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