Award Spotlight: Outstanding Young Professional

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Several Recognition Awards will be presented to New York credit union professionals and volunteers during the New York Credit Union Association’s virtual 2020 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, June 15. Today’s featured award is the Outstanding Young Professional Award, which honors individuals 39 or younger whose commitment, hard work and achievements have enhanced their credit union or the entire New York credit union movement.

The Association’s Awards Committee has selected Kaleb Wilson, manager of AmeriCU’s Cortland Financial Center, as this year’s Outstanding Young Professional.

Wilson, who has worked in the credit union movement for eight years, has been part of multiple AmeriCU teams focusing on efforts including reworking the credit union’s member check-in information and annual review competencies. He sought approval and coordinated a fundraising initiative for Helping Hounds, a local dog adoption and rescue center, raising more than $600 in cash donations and a box full of donated items.

Wilson is president of the Association’s Central New York Chapter Council, vice-chair of the Young Professionals Commission and a trustee on the New York Credit Union Foundation.

His professional development is heavily intertwined with the credit union movement. He has taught more than a dozen classes at two local schools as part of his credit union’s financial wellness community effort, teaching students about credit scores, credit reports, college expenses and student loans. He has also presented lunch and learns at a local business to aid people with disabilities. Notably, he discussed municipal banking with Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens of Syracuse at, whom later was able to get the Syracuse Common Council to support the municipal banking initiative.

Wilson planned, executed and won the 10th annual Curtin Cup bowling tournament, raising money for the New York Credit Union Foundation. He facilitated the team to plan and execute the 31st annual CNY/Utica-Rome golf tournament, raising thousands of dollars for CUPAC and student scholarships.

Along with his work within the credit union industry, Wilson served for nine years as a trustee and treasurer of the Cazenovia Public Library’s board, and also served terms as the organization’s president and treasurer. He is also a as a founding board member and treasurer of Saga Kids, an organization provides services and resources to LGBT youth and their families.

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