WOCCU CEO Pete Crear Honored by Michigan Credit Union League
Madison, WI—World Council of Credit
(WOCCU) CEO Pete Crear will receive the Michigan
Credit Union League’s (MCUL) 2007 Distinguished
Service Award and be welcomed into the Michigan
Credit Union Hall of Fame later this month.
Crear, who grew up in Detroit and began his
credit union career with MCUL as a management
trainee while attending Wayne State University,
will be the 101st member inducted into the Hall
of Fame. MCUL will present him with the award
May 19 at the Honors Luncheon during the 2007
MCUL Annual Convention and Exposition in Detroit.
Although Crear was born in Alabama, the MCUL
awards committee noted that he is recognized as
one of "Michigan's favorite sons," and that his
achievements and distinguished credit union
career will forever be a point of pride for the
"Pete is very deserving of this prestigious
recognition," said MCUL president and CEO David
Adams. "His knowledge, experience and enthusiasm
have helped launch dozens of credit unions, both
across the United States and around the globe.
He has encouraged and mentored hundreds of
credit union volunteers and professionals,
inspiring them by both word and example."
On receiving the award, Crear commented, "I
honored by this recognition, particularly from
MCUL, where I first began to understand the
credit union difference. I feel fortunate since
then to have been in positions throughout my
career that have afforded me opportunities to do
what credit unions do best—help
World Council welcomed Crear as CEO in May
Since then, he has traveled the world promoting,
educating and encouraging the worldwide credit
World Council chairman Gary Plank applauded
announcement, noting, "Pete and I have been
together through thick and thin for many years.
It’s great to see the state where Pete started
his credit union career honor him."
Prior to joining World Council, Crear was the
executive vice president of external relations
for Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and
had also served as CUNA’s chief operating
officer. Active in the credit union movement
since 1965, Crear has organized 23 credit
unions, many serving low-income and minority
members. He has served as president of the
Connecticut Credit Union League, vice president
of information and technical services for the
MCUL and executive director of the American
Association of Credit Union League
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Contact: Rebecca Carpenter
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions