Recipients of the 29th Annual Wegner Awards




Outstanding Individual Achievement

Stan Hollen
Retired President/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services

In recognition of his illustrious career as a credit union leader, one defined by bold risks, deep generosity and resolute adherence to the core values of the movement, the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce Stan Hollen, retired President/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services, as the recipient of a 2017 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

“I don’t think anyone in the industry would be surprised to see Stan as a Wegner Award recipient,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “His resume, contributions, and impact on the movement are well known, including the impressive list of CEOs who have followed in his footsteps from ‘The Golden One.’”


A Change Agent

Hollen has filled a wide variety of leadership roles throughout his career, from serving on his credit union’s board of directors at age 19 to becoming President/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services (CO-OP), the nation’s largest credit union service organization (CUSO), in 2005. During his tenure at CO-OP, Hollen pursued a range of innovative business initiatives and strategies that significantly increased the company’s ability to improve the financial lives of credit union members.


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Outstanding Individual Achievement

Maria Martinez
President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union

In recognition of her decades of service to the credit union movement and leadership in the fields of community development, philanthropy and advocacy, the National Credit Union Foundation is pleased to announce Maria J. Martinez, President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union, as the recipient of a 2017 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

“At a time when credit unions are reaching out to the incredibly valuable and important Hispanic community, Maria has been a leader in her outreach which has touched lives on both sides of the border,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “Maria is a shining example of performance and going beyond the responsibilities of her job, which is a testament to the award given in Herb Wegner’s name.” 

A Champion for the Underserved
In her more than two decades at Border Federal Credit Union (BFCU) in Del Rio, Texas, Martinez has led several initiatives to provide financial services to low-income, predominately Hispanic communities. In 2003, she used a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to create a free home/financial counseling program to help individuals buy houses, develop a budget, improve their credit and become banked.

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Outstanding Program


The Cooperative Trust

Filene Research Institute

In recognition of their boundless generosity of time, money, energy and spirit in providing growth and development opportunities for young credit union professionals, the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce The Cooperative Trust from the Filene Research Institute as the recipient of the 2017 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Program Award.

“I can say that as many of my peers prepare to exit the credit union movement, we have wondered who will follow these former leaders and ensure that Filene and Bergengren’s desire of credit union philosophy remains strong into the future,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “We were initially taken back by the term ‘crashers’ only to find this has become a group comprised of incredible energy, valuable insight and truly future leaders. They are without question a ‘thunder punch’ to the credit union movement.”

Currently, between 12 and 15 Crash events are held per year, with attendees from all 50 states participating in the program in each of the last three years. For Crash the GAC, The Cooperative Trust’s biggest event, more than 150 young professionals have been able to attend CUNA GAC each year since 2010.


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For More Information...

...contact Danielle Brown, Development & Donor Relations Director, at (608) 556-2406 or dbrown@ncuf.coop.


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