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Chartway’s Ron Burniske Awarded League’s 2015 Farley Award of Excellence

Ron Burniske, chief executive officer of Chartway Federal Credit Union and its divisions of HeritageWest and SouthWest Community, has been recognized by Virginia's credit union system with the 2015 Eugene H. Farley Jr. Award of Excellence.

Lewis Wood
Virginia Credit Union League
Vice President of Communication and Public Relations
800.768.3344, ext. 629

Ron Burniske, CEO of Virginia Beach-based Chartway Federal Credit Union, has been awarded the Eugene H. Farley Jr. Award of Excellence, one of the Virginia credit union system’s highest honors.

The Farley Award was presented on April 17, in Roanoke, Virginia, at the Virginia Credit Union League's 81st Annual Meeting.

The award is presented to a credit union professional or volunteer official in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to an individual credit union or to the credit union movement. In particular, the award seeks to recognize achievements that exemplify credit unions’ ‘People Helping People’ philosophy. It is named in honor of retired Virginia Credit Union League President Gene Farley, who served the League and Virginia’s credit unions for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1999.

Burniske was recognized for the leadership of his $2 billion credit union, which serves almost 200,000 member-owners across the country, primarily in Virginia, Utah, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

He was honored for his contributions to the credit union movement and the communities served by the family of credit unions, including his leadership in arguing against certain components of a proposed regulation that would have negatively impacted credit unions nationwide. That regulatory proposal has since been significantly revised.

"Ron has had a distinguished career with Chartway spanning more than 30 years, marked by the credit union's tremendous growth into one of the nation's largest credit unions and by the difference the credit union makes in the communities it serves," said Virginia Credit Union League President Rick Pillow. "Throughout his career, he also made volunteer service to the credit union system and community organizations a priority. That willingness to serve is the mark of a great leader."

Chartway's leadership in aiding credit unions affected by the Great Recession was also applauded by the Virginia Credit Union League's Board of Directors. In 2010, Chartway's financial strength and stability enabled it to merge with three Utah-based credit unions, ensuring members of those credit unions could continue to count on their credit union as their primary financial services provider at a time when other financial institutions were clamping down on lending.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Burniske. “I share this recognition with the board members, leaders, and employees who have worked tirelessly throughout my tenure to enrich the lives of those we serve – financially and philanthropically.”

Today, Chartway's Utah-based operation, through HeritageWest and SouthWest Community credit unions, continues to provide exceptional service to member-owners.

In 2005, Burniske founded the We Promise Foundation, the charitable arm of Chartway and its family of credit unions. The Foundation has raised almost $7 million since its founding, including a record-breaking year in 2014 with $1 million raised to aid its charity partners.

The Foundation donates to a number of charitable, non-profit and community partners who share its mission to make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. Its partners include several chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in communities where the credit union has a presence, the Roc Solid Foundation, EQUI-Kids, the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Toby’s Dream Foundation, Rock-n-Jock Charities, The Matty Fund, St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, and Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater.

Chartway and the We Promise Foundation are the recipients of numerous state and national awards for their charitable work, including eight first-place Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Awards and one first-place national award since 2000.   

Burniske's service to the credit union system and the communities served by Chartway include volunteering as a board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation (Texas Gulf Coast Region and Louisiana Chapter), participating as a director for the Economics Club of Hampton Roads, and serving as a board member of the World Affairs Council of Hampton Roads.

His leadership within the credit union system includes service on the Credit Union Executive Society's Professional Development Committee, volunteering on the Virginia Credit Union League's Budget & Dues and Auditing committees, and serving on the Executive Committee of the Credit Union Service Company of Virginia, which coordinates shared branching operations within the Commonwealth for credit unions in Virginia and across the nation.

Chartway FCU, a not-for-profit financial institution, has been serving members and families since 1959, building a service network that includes more than 50 branches and a full slate of online, mobile, and telephone banking services, including mobile deposit and mobile bill pay. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the $2 billion credit union serves nearly 200,000 members. HeritageWest Credit Union and SouthWest Community Credit Union joined the Chartway family of credit unions in 2010. For more information, visit https://www.chartway.com/about-us.  

The state trade association for 156 Virginia-based credit unions, the Virginia Credit Union League provides legislative, regulatory, media, and consumer advocacy; compliance assistance and consulting services; development opportunities for credit union professionals and volunteers; communications; and products and services that empower credit unions to better serve their members. The League maintains offices in Richmond and Lynchburg, Virginia. Learn more online at http://www.vacul.org. 

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