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Local Credit Union Executives attend the National Association of Federal Credit Unions Congressional Caucus
Betsy Cunningham
Friday, September 22, 2017
Representatives from ORNL Federal Credit Union and Y-12 Federal Credit Union
recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual National Association of
Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) Congressional Caucus. Representatives from ORNL
FCU included: Randy Gorman, Board Chair; Leigha Humphries, Board Member;
Colin Anderson, President/CEO; Tom Wright, Chief Marketing Officer; Becky
Curry, SVP of Finance; and Jessica Emert, Director of Community & Public
Relations. Representatives from Y-12 FCU included: Ron Honeycutt, Board
Chair; David Rupert, Board Vice Chair; Mark Ziegler, President/CEO; Keith
Troop, Executive Vice President/COO; and Betsy Cunningham, Community & Public
Relations Manager.
The NAFCU Congressional Caucus was an opportunity to learn how key
legislative and regulatory issues impact the credit unions’ ability to
serve their members and credit union members throughout the country. ORNL FCU
and Y-12 FCU volunteers and employees met with several key Tennessee
lawmakers and/or their legislative staff to discuss the issues and how credit
unions are vital to the strength and well-being of the East Tennessee
community. Lawmakers included: Senator Bob Corker, Senator Lamar Alexander,
Congressman John J. Duncan, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, and Congressman
Phil Roe.
During the meetings, credit union representatives addressed the impact of
regulatory burdens, the importance of establishing data security standards,
and the protection of the credit union tax exemption status. The lawmakers
listened to the credit unions’ concerns and recognized the importance of
credit unions in the communities they represent as public servants.
“Attending the NAFCU Congressional Caucus provides a forum to talk to
legislators about real issues affecting our members and communities.  This is
also a great opportunity to tell lawmakers how credit unions return value to
members through better interest rates, service charges, and convenience,”
said Anderson. “The meetings are productive and important to the credit
union industry.”
Ziegler added that, “The NAFCU Congressional Caucus allows our credit union
volunteers and employees the opportunity to voice our issues with our
legislators and their staff.  We continue to seek regulatory relief, merchant
accountability for data breaches, and to maintain our tax exemption.  Being a
not-for-profit member owned cooperative, we want what is best for our member
owners and the Caucus provides a platform for us to deliver that message to
our legislators.”
About ORNL Federal Credit Union
ORNL FCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative locally owned and operated
by its members for all who belong. The Credit Union serves over 155,000
members in 31 branches throughout the 16 counties of East Tennessee. Since
1948, ORNL FCU has been committed to being the best financial partner for
their members by helping them realize a healthy relationship with money. ORNL
FCU continues to be dedicated to helping its members, employees, and
communities thrive.
About Y-12 Federal Credit Union
Y-12 Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial provider headquartered
in Oak Ridge, TN, with 14 branches located in Anderson, Blount, Campbell,
Knox, Roane and Sevier counties serving over 108,000 members. The Mission of
Y-12 Federal Credit Union is to be a financially sound institution making a
positive difference in their members’ financial lives and the communities
in which they live.
Jessica Emert
ORNL Federal Credit Union
Betsy Cunningham
Y-12 Federal Credit Union

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