Hollen, Martinez , The Cooperative Trust Honored by National CU Foundation

WASHINGTON – The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) presented three Herb Wegner Memorial Awards at its annual dinner Monday night at the Marriott Marquis in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. Denise Gabel, Chief Operating Officer of the Northwest Credit Union Association, served as the night’s emcee.

A record-breaking group of over 900 credit union leaders and supporters attended the dinner. The awards ceremony celebrated the highest national honors in the credit union movement:

  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: Stan Hollen, retired President/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services;
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement: Maria Martinez, President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union; and
  • Outstanding Program: The Cooperative Trust from Filene Research Institute. 
Foundation Chairman Winona Nava, Stan Hollen, and Foundation Vice Chairman Angela McCathran.


“Think about the Crashers you’ve met over the years,” said James Marshall, Manager of The Cooperative Trust, after accepting the award. “They represent you. They represent credit unions and they represent America. My challenge to you: talk to them, teach them, engage them, learn from them, they are our future.”

“Receiving this award tonight is a ‘dream come true’, which I know comes at the cost of a lot of other people’s work,” said Martinez after accepting her award. “I’m honored and humbled to receive this award on behalf of my credit union staff and the communities that have embraced our undertakings.”

This year’s winners joined an elite group of 61 individuals and 26 organizations whose efforts over the past 29 years have earned them the recognition of Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. 

Click here to read more about the 2017 award winners.

Click here to watch the 2017 winners' tribute videos on YouTube.

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