September 3, 2014


Lillian Priest -Executive Director of AACUC

Lillian Priest

SHREVEPORT, LA - The African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) is saddened by the news of our Executive Director, Lillian Priest, who passed away on September 2, 2014, after a prolonged illness. Lillian worked for AACUC for over 10 years. Lillian has been a major contributor to the growth and professional development of this organization.  Her dedication and commitment to AACUC is unparalleled. She increased the membership during her tenure, and continued to develop and further reinforce the AACUC mission which is “to increase the strength of the global credit union movement”.

Since 1981, Lillian Priest had been a volunteer at Shreveport Federal Credit Union serving on various committees, and the past eight years, she was elected and served on their Board.

Lillian Priest received her BA from Northwestern State University and continued her studies toward a Master of Liberal Arts degree at LSU-Shreveport. She is a graduate of the Leadership Shreveport and Leadership Louisiana programs.

Lynette Smith, Chairperson of the AACUC, stated that “Lillian will truly be remembered for her commitment and dedication to our organization. She will always be cherished by the AACUC Board of Directors, members and the credit union industry”.


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Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award

AACUC Announces 

2014 Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


Bert Hash, Jr., 2014 Pete Crear Lifetime Award Winner


Bert J. Hash, Jr., was announced as the 2014 Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient during the African-American Credit Union Coalitions’ (AACUC) Networking Meeting and Reception. The event was held February 25, during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

Hash was selected because of his commitment to the credit union philosophy and dedication to moving the credit union world forward at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Hash has led Municipal Employees Credit Union (MECU) of Baltimore for more than 15 years. During that time, the credit union grew from more than 50,000 members and $435 million in assets to more than 100,000 members and $1.2 billion in assets.

His career has been and continues to be one of commitment to employees, members and community “not for charity, not for profit, but for SERVICE.” In his first meeting with employees, Hash told staff that he would take care of them and they would take care of the members, simply “people helping people.”

In 2012, Hash was named the 2012 Outstanding Chief Executive by the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES). He was also name the 2007 CEO of the Year by the Credit Union Times and was inducted into the CUES Hall of Fame in 2008. Hash is a past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the AACUC Board of Directors.

Hash is a champion for causes, not only in the Baltimore area, but outside of the United States. During the Haiti crises caused by the earthquake, not only did the MECU help as an organization, Hash and his wife Joan provided personal individual support to the cause. Hash has also been instrumental in spearheading the Capital Credit Union in Scotland partnership.

The award will be presented to Hash at a dinner in his honor Friday, August 1, during the 16th Annual AACUC Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.





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