World Council Chairman Gary Plank Honored
National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Chairman Mary Cunningham awards Plank $2,500 for his national credit union achievements. Plank donated the money back to NCUF, which will grant the award to WOCCU's Worldwide Foundation. Photo courtesy of NCUF.
Madison, WI—The American Association of
Union Leagues (AACUL) recently honored World
Council of Credit Unions board chairman, Gary
Plank, Arizona Credit Union System president and
CEO, with the Eugene H. Farley League Leadership
Award during the Governmental Affairs Conference
in Washington, DC.
The Eugene Farley Award recognizes a credit
union professional's outstanding efforts in
national credit union development. League
presidents nominate individuals based on their
organizational and financial performance,
leadership at the state level, development of
credit union services/programs, cooperation
within the credit union system, commitment and
leadership at the national level.
Plank, in his 10th year as president and CEO
the Arizona Credit Union System, was nominated
in part for helping develop Arizona Credit Union
System's successful indirect lending program
with Arizona auto dealers. He was also
recognized for building a strong advocacy
program, collaborating with area leagues on
various programs, establishing new headquarters
for the league and for being a leader in credit
"Gary has demonstrated his staunch belief in
difference credit unions can make in people's
lives during his 10 years on World Council's
board of directors. We are proud to see he has
been recognized for his tireless efforts on the
national level as well," said World Council CEO
Plank worked for state leagues in South
Iowa and Minnesota before taking on the role of
president and CEO of the Arizona Credit Union
System in 1997, the same year he was elected to
World Council's board. He has been World Council
chairman since 2005. Plank has also served on
the Credit Union National Association board of
directors and several committees over the years.
He will be retiring this year from the Arizona
league and World Council.
The award is named after Eugene H. Farley,
retired in 1999 after 40 years of service to the
Virginia Credit Union League. AACUL established
the Eugene H. Farley League Leadership Award in
2000 to recognize the extraordinary efforts of
league personnel. It is endowed by a
contribution from former CUNA Mutual CEO,
Richard M. Heins.
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, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.