NAFCU Names NAFCU/PAC Credit Union Award Winners

New Orleans – The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) today announced the winners of the NAFCU/PAC 2018 White Hat Award and Credit Union Challenge Awards during the association's 52nd Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in New Orleans.

"Ensuring the credit union industry has a strong presence in Washington is as important today as it has ever been, and NAFCU thanks these credit unions and industry professionals for dedicating themselves to advancing the industry and its 117 million members," said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “It is an honor to recognize their achievements in front of credit union leaders and industry professionals at our Annual Conference and Solutions Expo.”

NAFCU White Hat Award

The White Hat Award is bestowed upon the NAFCU member credit union that raised the most money for NAFCU/PAC in the previous year. This year's winner is Members 1st Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa. This is the 15th time that Members 1st has won the award.

“Under the leadership of George Nahodil, Members 1st FCU has helped the credit union industry and its members tremendously through its successful political fundraising efforts,” said Berger. “We thank them for their commitment to the industry’s not-for-profit, cooperative mission, and for working to ensure our industry’s voice remains strong on Capitol Hill.”

NAFCU Credit Union Challenge Award

Three credit unions won the Credit Union Challenge Award for raising the most money in direct individual contributions for NAFCU/PAC within their respective asset categories in 2018.

The winners are:

  • Keys Federal Credit Union in Key West, Fla. (less than $250 million in assets);
  • Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union in Pensacola, Fla. ($250 million to $750 million in assets); 
  • and Visions Federal Credit Union in Endwell, N.Y. (greater than $750 million in assets).

President and CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union, Ty Muse, won the individual Challenge Award, which goes to the person who contributed the most to NAFCU/PAC in the previous year. 


The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions is the only national trade association focusing exclusively on federal issues affecting the nation's federally-insured credit unions. NAFCU membership is direct and provides credit unions with the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance. For more information on NAFCU, go to or @NAFCU on Twitter.