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Carolinas Foundation announces Achievement and Partner Awards recipients

Wednesday, December 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Lifetime Achievement Award 

Joan Nelson
Coastal FCU

Jerry Miller
Carolina Trust FCU
Individual Achievement Award 

Mark Curran
Lion's Share FCU 
Partner in Philanthropy Award 

Creative Builders, Inc. 

The Carolina Credit Union Foundation’s Awards Committee has selected the winners of the 2016 Achievement and Partner in Philanthropy Awards. Each of these winners, in addition to the credit unions already announced as 2016 state-level winners, will be recognized at the Foundation’s 2016 Awards Gala scheduled for February 2, 2017 in advance of the Carolinas Credit Union Connect expo.


Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors individuals who have dedicated their life to promoting the credit union philosophy, created innovative concepts and exhibited leadership that has made a significant and lasting impact in the credit union movement on a local, national, and/or international stage.

Joan Nelson, Coastal – Volunteer Recipient

For over 23 years, Ms. Nelson has volunteered for and served on the Coastal Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Her passion for, dedication to, and leadership on the Board has seen her through many innovative initiatives.

Jerry Miller, Carolina Trust – Professional Recipient

 Beginning in 1975 with Wachovia in Durham, NC, Jerry M. Miller has enjoyed a 42-year career in banking.  In 1997, Mr. Miller started his career with Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union in Myrtle Beach, SC and in his almost 20 years of service at the same credit union, Mr. Miller enjoyed roughly 13 years as President and CEO.  Throughout his tenure at Carolina Trust, Mr. Miller has overseen the implementation of services that benefit members and provide cost-saving banking alternatives.


The Individual Achievement Award

This honors an individual for his or her innovative concepts and accomplishments in the past three to five years that continue to contribute to the credit union movement.

Mark Curran, Lion’s Share – Professional Recipient

Mr. Curran joined Lion’s Share Federal Credit Union in 2011 and combined with his time at Palmetto Cooperative Services, Coastal Federal Credit Union and CUNA Mutual Group, he has more than 35 years of credit union experience. During his short time at Lion’s Share, Mr. Curran has increased total loans by 62%, total assets by 52% and total shares by 51%.


Partner in Philanthropy Award

This honors a business partner whose practices exude philanthropic character and make a significant impact on the credit union movement.

Creative Builders Incorporated

A core component of Creative’s culture since 1971 is “Building a Better Tomorrow…Today”, which not only applies to the construction of its buildings, but also to its part in building better lives for the communities in which we live and work. Through shared, dynamic principles and philosophies, Creative Builders and our local credit union join forces to help the people of our states. Creative Builders is blessed for the ability to give back in donations of time, material, monies and talents to various civic-minded projects and causes.


“On behalf of the Foundation Board, we congratulate all of the 2016 award recipients for their tireless dedication to the credit union industry,” said Lauren Whaley, Carolinas Foundation president. “We look forward to honoring those among their peers at the Foundation’s Gala in February.”

For Gala registration and sponsorship details, please visit the Carolinas Credit Union Connect website. The main sponsors of the event are the Carolinas Credit Union League, CUNA Mutual Group and Your Marketing Company. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s exclusive sponsorship of Victory Junction’s Reach program.


Related: Carolinas Foundation announces 2016 state-level CUNA award winners

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