Five Inducted Into Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame

05/15/24 (Biloxi, MS) – Five Mississippi credit union leaders were inducted into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame during the Mississippi Credit Union Association Annual Meeting & Convention. The Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame was Founded in 1994 to recognize deserving individuals who have dedicated a lifetime of service to the credit union movement. Induction into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame is the highest credit union honor bestowed upon an individual within our state.

The 2024 inductees are:

Hired in 1987 as President/CEO of what was then the Columbus Air Force Base Federal Credit Union, John Gibbons Jr.’s leadership has propelled Triangle Federal Credit Union forward throughout the years. Under his guidance, the credit union’s assets have surged from $10 to $110 million, with five branches around the Golden Triangle serving 12,000 members and more than 50 select employee groups in addition to the active and retired military of Columbus Air Force Base. As the credit union has grown, John has led his staff in consistently merging service with technology, maintaining a personalized experience for members while providing them with innovative conveniences.

As the Mississippi Credit Union Association’s most tenured director, John has been a beacon of dedication to Mississippi’s credit union movement. Elected to the Board of Directors in 1990, he has held the offices of secretary/treasurer, vice chairman, and chairman and has served on and chaired several board committees. John’s commitment to the people-helping-people credit union philosophy is unwavering, and he frequently volunteers for community events, representing his credit union and the credit union movement with pride and integrity.

His staff members highly respect John. They describe him as a strong, dependable, thoughtful, respectful, and considerate leader with a great sense of humor.

One of his staff members said: “He does not micromanage but provides valuable guidance and instruction, allowing members of his staff the space to learn, grow, and develop as professionals. He is always there to provide advice, listen, and encourage. He fosters a productive and fun environment.”

Known to many of his staff members as “Mr. G,” John’s leadership is not just about professional growth but also about fostering a commitment to family inside and outside of the workplace.

One staff member shared how John attended her son’s ballgames throughout his school years and into college, demonstrating an interest in their lives and success. She added: “When my mom passed away, Mr. G was always checking on me. I have always felt like a part of his family and not just an employee. I have been working with Mr. G for 23 years. So, for someone to work at one company for this long time, there must be a great leader there. Thank you, Mr. G, for being the BEST BOSS EVER and making me a part of your family.”

Jim Hankins has been a credit union volunteer for 41 years, serving four years on the Credit Committee and the past 38 as a board director. He currently serves as Eagle Express Federal Credit Union Chairman. Throughout his tenure, his unwavering dedication has propelled the credit union’s growth from $4 million to an impressive $65 million. This growth has benefited not only postal employees and their families but also other federal employees and their families. It is a testament to his commitment to serving the credit union members and his community.

Jim is always willing to think creatively and consider new innovations that might better serve the staff and members. He is dedicated to serving & ensuring members and staff are cared for. He is a tireless proponent of credit unions and the credit union philosophy, and he reflects the credit union spirit in his daily life and actions.

Gerald McClure has been a member of the Board of Directors of MUW Employees’ Federal Credit Union since 1979, serving most of his 44 years as president.

Gerald’s journey with the credit union began while employed at Mississippi University for Women. Even after he retired from the University, his dedication to the credit union continued to shine, inspiring everyone with his unwavering commitment.

During his extensive tenure, Gerald’s leadership was a beacon of strength for the credit union. His role in planning and development nurtured the credit union’s success and helped grow assets and membership. His capable leadership and dedication to members helped guide the credit union through numerous challenges and contributed to its success.

Steve Vernomonti has been a credit union volunteer for 42 years, serving four years on the Credit Committee and the past 38 as a board director. He currently serves as Vice Chairman at Eagle Express Federal Credit Union. He completed the Volunteer Achievement and Volunteer Leadership professional development programs for credit union volunteers. He is also volunteer-certified in the Bank Secrecy Act and financial literacy for board directors.

Although sometimes quiet and reserved, Steve is involved in all aspects of the credit union. He is knowledgeable about the credit union industry and is always open to expanding that knowledge. He has the heart of a volunteer, whether at the credit union or other community organizations. His utmost concern as a credit union volunteer is that the staff is happy, and the members are served and offered the best services and rates. He interacts kindly and professionally with the staff and has the highest respect for each of them.

Danny Williams has been a credit union volunteer for 45 years, serving as a board director and Supervisory Committee Chairman at Eagle Express Federal Credit Union. He is also volunteer-certified in the Bank Secrecy Act and financial literacy for board directors.

Retiring from the United States Postal Service as a manager of accounting, Danny’s experience and knowledge have been invaluable to the credit union’s success. His hands-on approach with auditors and examiners demonstrates his commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe credit union. Danny’s regular check-ins with the staff and warm welcome letters to new members are a testament to his genuine care for the credit union’s staff and members, making them feel valued and appreciated.

About the Mississippi Credit Union Association
The Mississippi Credit Union Association (MSCUA) is the state trade association for 63 credit unions in Mississippi that provide financial services to more than 700,000 consumers who choose credit unions as their financial services partner. MSCUA advances its mission of Advocating Mississippi Credit Unions’ Success by being a premier source of advocacy, collaboration, and knowledge for its member credit unions.

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