WOCCU CEO Crear Honored for Consumer Advocacy
Chuck Snyder, President and CEO of National Cooperative Bank, presenting Crear with the Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award. Photo courtesy of Paul Brown, U.S. PIRG.
Washington, D.C.—The Consumer Federation
America (CFA) recently awarded its annual Esther
Peterson Consumer Service Award to Pete Crear,
CEO, World Council of Credit Unions, Inc.
The esteemed award is given to a person who
made significant contributions to consumer health
and safety, eliminating fraud, improving the
marketplace and providing consumer information.
Crear was recognized at CFA's 36th annual
dinner on June 15, 2006. Edmund Mierzwinski,
consumer program director of the U.S. Public
Interest Research Group, also received the Esther
Peterson Consumer Service Award.
Chuck Snyder, President and CEO of National
Cooperative Bank, presented Crear the award.
"'People helping people' – that is what credit
unions are all about," Snyder said. "But in Pete
Crear's case, he has positively impacted millions
In over 40 years with the credit union
Crear has organized 23 credit unions, many
serving lower-income and minority populations.
The World Council welcomed Crear as chief
executive officer in May 2005. In just over a
year with WOCCU, he has traveled nationally and
to a dozen countries to promote, educate and
encourage the credit union movement.
Stephen Brobeck, CFA executive director,
Crear as a role model in consumer service: "Pete
is viewed with great respect and affection by
credit union leaders, whom he has befriended and
helped; by financial educators, who admire his
past leadership of a program reaching over 1,000
high schools; and by consumer advocates, with
whom he served on the CFA Board of Directors."
CFA is a non-profit advocacy, research,
education, and service organization that has
sought to advance the interests of consumers
since 1968. Their annual awards program
recognizes outstanding consumer advocates. Along
with Crear and Mierzwinski, this year's winners
also included Senator Patrick Leahy and recently
retired staff writer Caroline Mayer from The
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.