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Twelve CU Rising Stars Honored at GNECUS Breakfas

The Rising Stars Breakfast has become a highly anticipated part of the Great New England Credit Union Show and once again it got the day off to a terrific start. League President Paul Gentile, who served as Master of Ceremony at the breakfast, spoke about how inspiring it was to hear the presentation by featured speaker Major General (Ret,) Timothy McHale and then to watch the Rising Stars accept the honors that they have earned.

Gentile said, "It was a privilege to hear Major General Timothy McHale, who is the President of Homes For Our Troops, talk about the work his group does to provide barrier-free housing for severely wounded veterans, and the gratitude and humility those wounded warriors show was very moving."  He went on to say, "Homes for Our Troops is a great organization and it deserves the support of the credit union community."

The twelve Credit Union Rising Stars represented a range of disciplines and experience, but they all shared a passion for the work they do.  A repeated theme in the remarks they made was the satisfaction that they get from working in organizations that put the people before profit.  One recipient, James Wage, AVP Retail Sales at UMassFive College FCU, who worked in a big bank before joining the credit union, told a story about his early days at the credit union.  He pulled a co-worker aside and asked if they were really serious about all of this "the member comes first stuff."  He said he soon became a believer and is still "drinking the Kool-Aid."