Brian Branch to be Honored at 2023 Herb Wegner Memorial Awards

Former WOCCU President and CEO among four recipients of U.S. credit union movement's highest honor

Source: National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF)

October 03, 2022

MADISON, Wis. - The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) has announced the honorees of its 34th annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards—the U.S. credit union movement’s highest national honors. 

Brian Branch, former President and CEO of World Council; Bill Cheney, Chief Executive Officer of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union (Calif.) and Chair of Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions; Linda Bodie, Chief Executive Officer + Innovator of Element Federal Credit Union (W.V.) and Winona Nava, President/CEO of Guadalupe Credit Union (N.M.), will each receive an Outstanding Individual Achievement award.

It is the first time since 2018 that four individuals will receive a Herb Wegner Memorial Award. The winners will be celebrated at the Foundation Dinner on February 27, 2023, held in conjunction with CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C.

The Foundation Dinner is the non-profit’s primary fundraising event. In addition to the Herb Wegner Memorial Award presentation, the event highlights the Foundation’s impact and work to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions.

“The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards are a symbol of human service,” said Gigi Hyland, executive director of the Foundation. “Collectively, these four individuals have dedicated almost 150 years to the credit union movement.

“Through their vision, leadership and commitment to the cooperative principles, they have had—and continue to have—an immeasurable impact on financial well-being at a global level. By celebrating their storied achievements, the Foundation seeks to catalyze all of us to do as much as we can to ensure everyone can achieve financial freedom through credit unions.”

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Further information is available on the Foundation’s website,

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform 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 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 87,914 credit unions in 118 countries serve 393 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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Organization: National Credit Union Foundation
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Brian Branch
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