Ascend Federal CU
United Southeast Federal CU
Alwin James “Rusty” Girdner
Tennessee Credit Union League
With 44 years of service to the credit union movement, Ms. Sara Broxterman personifies the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” Her credit union career began at Navy Memphis Credit Union in 1960 working as a clerk making $0.50 per hour. She retired in 2004 as President/CEO of Kimberly Clark Credit Union in Memphis. During her 23 years at Kimberly Clark Credit Union, assets grew from $11 million to $73 million, and members increased from 3,000 to 10,000. Sara’s leadership helped to not only position her credit union, but many others on the cutting edge. As a charter member of shared branching in Tennessee, she was instrumental in bringing the shared branching system to Tennessee and a pioneer in adding share draft accounts to credit union services.
Serving for over 34 years, Mr. Bruce Runyan is a dedicated board member for Ascend Federal Credit Union. Like all of Ascend Federal Credit Union’s board members, Mr. Runyan is a faithful and tireless servant in his completely voluntary, unpaid position. Through regular attendance at board meetings, numerous committee meetings, and the annual strategic planning session, his service has been vitally important to the purpose, mission, and vision of a credit union which serves more than 144,000 members from 16 locations. The long list of educational opportunities and programs Mr. Runyan has pursued includes annual attendance at the Tennessee Credit Union League’s Annual Meeting, CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, CUNA’s Volunteer Leadership Institute, and CUNA’s Volunteer Achievement Program.
For 36 years, Ms. Jimmie Bearden guided the growth and expansion of AEDC FCU, now Ascend FCU, as the CEO. Jimmie’s credit union career spanned almost 50 years, beginning as a clerk in 1956 and becoming CEO in 1968. As CEO, Jimmie implemented checking accounts, offered mortgage loans, IRAs, ATMs, and opened branches on Saturdays. All of these services, which are now considered standard offerings in many credit unions, were pivotal in the growth of AEDC FCU. Active in the movement, Bearden served on numerous National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) committees and was awarded NAFCU’s Professional of the Year Award in 1991. Sadly, Ms. Bearden passed in October, 2010.
Dickie Johnson, Electric Service Credit Union
Blake Strickland, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
Rick Veach, President/CEO Volunteer Corporate Credit Union; Dickie Johnson; Blake Strickland; and Fred Robinson, President/CEO Tennessee Credit Union League
Cyrus Eddie Hays