Ron Hance, a member of World Council of Credit Unions' board of directors, represents the U.S. credit union movement as a delegate of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) & Affiliates. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., USA, World Council is the leading international trade association and development agency for credit unions. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217,000,000 people. The regional and national credit union and financial cooperative associations affiliated with World Council represent 89 countries around the globe.
Hance was first elected to the World Council board in 2000 through “Operation Open Up,” an initiative designed to expand representation at the board level. He chairs World Council’s Distinguished Service Award committee and the serves on the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions board.
Hance’s credit union career began in 1967 as a volunteer with Heritage Family Credit Union in Rutland, Vt., USA, where he served on the board of directors and various committees. Since 1978, he has been president/CEO of Heritage Family Credit Union. Under his guidance, the credit union has grown from US$2 million to nearly US$160 million in assets.
Hance has served as board chairman of the Vermont Credit Union League and as a CUNA board member, chairing its cooperative development committee. He has served with the World Affairs Committee, National Credit Union Foundation (USA), World Leadership Development Committee and the St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union Foundation board. In 1996, he became a credit union development educator. For more than a decade, Hance has also been on the local hospital board and currently serves on St. Joseph’s College board.