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Debie Keesee, CEO, Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association. The honor was presented during NWCUA's MAXX Convention in Spokane last week.
Debie Keesee, CEO, Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Credit Union Association. The honor was presented during NWCUA's MAXX Convention in Spokane last week.
Spokane Media Federal Credit Union's Debie Keesee Receives Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo) - 10/23/19

While successfully leading her own credit union, Keesee selflessly lifts credit unions nationwide.

SPOKANE, Washington (Oct. 23, 2019) — Running a small credit union is a big job for any professional, but somehow Debie Keesee is able to serve both as CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union and as a nationally recognized champion for all credit unions and their members.  

For her service to the Credit Union Movement, Keesee has received its highest regional honor – the Lifetime Achievement Award – from the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), the trade association representing the credit unions of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Keesee has been at the helm of Spokane Media FCU for more than two decades. While protecting $11 million in assets for the credit union’s members, Keesee has also advocated fiercely for state and federal laws and regulations that benefit millions of consumers on Main Street. She has volunteered her service to numerous industry boards where she is the voice of credit unions and their members.

“Debie has personally helped to make the Credit Union Movement what it is today,” said Troy Stang, NWCUA President and CEO. “Not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions are the preferred financial services providers for more than 100 million American consumers. Debie is their passionate champion.”

Keesee was an early advocate for legislation that allowed municipal governments in Washington to deposit public funds in credit unions, providing governments a choice of where to invest in the marketplace and resulting in more competitive returns on taxpayers’ deposits. State and federal lawmakers in Washington respect Keesee’s voice, and she was a key advocate for the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act last year. That legislation removed some unnecessary regulatory burdens, allowing credit unions to better serve their members.

“Over the years, she has led the charge in advocating for credit unions, not only at home in the Northwest, but nationally,” Stang said. “All credit unions deeply appreciate her collaboration and unwavering dedication to the Credit Union Movement.”

Keesee serves as a member of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Board of Directors, giving voice to nearly 400 credit unions across the western U.S. and Guam.  Additionally, she serves on the National Credit Union Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation’s vision is making financial freedom achievable through credit unions. They focus on member financial health, credit union cooperative values and respond when disaster strikes. 

Keesee received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the NWCUA’s recent MAXX Convention, which appropriately, took place in her hometown of Spokane. The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of six Summit Awards presented by the NWCUA to credit unions and individuals that championed the “People Helping People” philosophy, elevated credit union members’ experiences and improved their financial lives, empowered local communities, provided inspired leadership, and transformed their credit unions through innovation.

“I am blessed that the movement I chose to make my career is really easy to be passionate about and devoted to,” Keesee said. “How lucky I am to have worked with people across the nation who share my love for credit unions and the work we do every day on behalf of our members.  The support of my board, team, and family to do that work is icing on the cake.”    

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 7.3  million consumer members. Those members are served by a professional workforce of 18,700 professionals. According to an independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest, Northwest credit unions drove a positive economic impact of $7.8 billion last year. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit: https://yourmoneyfurther.com