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Longtime Credit Union Volunteer Appointed to Chartway Federal Credit Union's Board of Directors

Jul 9, 2013 by Lewis Wood

Chartway Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the country known for providing money-saving solutions and competitive rates, is proud to announce that it has appointed long-time credit union volunteer Robert (Bob) Cook to its board of directors. This appointment fills the vacant seat that resulted from the May 2013 retirement of Al Merritt.

CONTACT:
Heidi E. Worker
Director of Corporate Communication
(757) 552-1000, Ext. 43026
heworker@chartway.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA (July 9, 2013) — Chartway Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the country known for providing money-saving solutions and competitive rates, is proud to announce that it has appointed long-time credit union volunteer Robert (Bob) Cook to its board of directors. This appointment fills the vacant seat that resulted from the May 2013 retirement of Al Merritt.

Cook is a talented and seasoned leader with more than 30 years of experience in finance.  He has been a member of the credit union’s CUSO Board since 2004, and served as its chairman from 2010 to 2012 and as vice chairman from 2007 to 2009.  He also led the CUSO Audit Committee as chairman in 2003 and has been a member of Chartway’s ALM and Legislative/Regulatory and Advocacy Committees. 

“We are so pleased that Bob has joined our Board.  He is a great advocate for credit unions and a strong, strategic leader,” said Ron Burniske, president and CEO of Chartway FCU.  “He also believes deeply in our values-based approach to doing business so we know that his leadership will help us continue to lay the foundation for continued growth and success.”

In addition to contributing to the credit union, Cook is an active member of the Hampton Roads community.  From serving as co-chairman of the City of Chesapeake Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Board, to participating on several other education, finance and church-related committees, Cook enjoys making a difference in his community. 

Before becoming a credit union volunteer, Cook served on the USS Conyngham.  Following his discharge from the Navy, he worked for the federal government for 28 years, and for other distinguished firms including CACI International and KPMG until he retired in 2006.

Cook resides in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake with his wife, Bernadine.

About Chartway Federal Credit Union

Chartway FCU, a not-for-profit financial institution, has been serving members and families since 1959, building a service network that includes 60 branches in 10 states. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, the credit union’s reach extends through Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Utah.

HeritageWest Credit Union and SouthWest Community Credit Union joined the Chartway family in 2010. Utah Central became part of the organization in 2011. Altogether, the organization has assets of more than $1.9 billion and serves nearly 200,000 members. For more information, visit www.chartway.com; or, follow them at www.facebook.com/chartwayfcu.

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