Pennsylvania Credit Union Association

York CEO Given State’s Top Credit Union Professional Award

5/25/2012
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) awarded David Baker, President and Treasurer of York Educational Federal Credit Union in York, with the William W. Pratt Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2012 Credit Union Professional of the Year.  The award was presented during the gala banquet at the PCUA 78th Annual Convention & Exposition on May 22 in Pittsburgh.

As a young teacher in the York Suburban School District, Baker was asked to take over as credit union manager in January 1971.  Under his leadership, the credit union has grown from 134 members and $23,374 in assets, to more than 3,900 members and $26.5 million in assets.  The credit union serves 54 SEGs and operates a student branch at Red Lion Area High School.

Baker served on the PCUA’s Board of Directors from 1988-1991; was a member of the Credit Union Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 1992-1994, serving as Chairman in 1994; and has been a member of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union’s nominating committee since 2000.  He served several terms on the Board of the York Chapter of Credit Unions, including two terms as President.

Baker attributes his success to information-sharing with other credit union CEOs in the York area, PCUA webinars and education sessions, a great staff and a loyal membership.  “I still view others in the credit union movement as my best sources for running a successful credit union,” says Baker.

“We were pleased to recognize Dave’s career and commitment to the credit union movement during our annual convention,” said PCUA President/CEO Jim McCormack.  “It was particularly poignant since he will be retiring from the credit union on June 1.”

The Professional of the Year Award is presented in memory of William W. Pratt, who for more than three decades worked on behalf of credit unions.  When Pratt began working at the Association in 1942, there were 550 credit unions in Pennsylvania – when he retired in 1965, there were nearly 1,300 credit unions in the Commonwealth.

Credit unions are financial cooperatives that provide affordable financial services to help their owner/members.  The Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Credit Union Association is a trade association that provides legislative, promotional, educational and operational support for more than 400 credit unions in Pennsylvania.  These credit unions have assets in excess of $36 billion and serve more than 3.6 million members.  For additional information about credit unions or to find a credit union near you, visit www.iBelong.org.

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