DCUC recently announced Jack Fallis, President, PNW & International Markets Global CU, as the new DCUC Board Chairman. Fallis has served on DCUC’s Board of Directors since 2017, most recently as 1st Vice Chair. Fallis officially assumed the role of Chairman after a “DCUC first-ever” passing of the gavel ceremony held during DCUC’s Annual Conference and Hall of Honor gala on Thursday, August 10.
DCUC President/CEO Anthony Hernandez provided attendees and guests with a background of the military change of command tradition and what it signifies. Hernandez then announced DCUC’s passing of the gavel ceremony and it serving as DCUC’s own change of command for its Board of Directors. Starting the ceremony, Hernandez thanked Bill Birnie, immediate past DCUC Board Chairman and President & CEO of Frontwave CU, for his long-standing dedication and commitment to DCUC and its members.
“Bill is a strong supporter of DCUC and was outstanding in his role as our Chairman,” said Hernandez. “His guidance and leadership allowed us to expand DCUC’s role and influence throughout the industry and beyond.”
Hernandez then extended congratulations to Fallis as the newly appointed DCUC Board Chairman.
“I am equally excited to work with Jack Fallis as our new DCUC Chairman. Jack joined the Board of Directors the same year I started working for DCUC. This means he has seen our strategic plan during its formation and implementation along with all the results as a new board member,” said Hernandez. “With Jack as Chairman of the Board, I am confident we can both work together as DCUC continues to grow and further expand our influence.”
Birnie followed Hernandez’s remarks by sharing his perspective and appreciation for having served on DCUC’s Board and defense credit union community.
“It is truly an honor to serve on the Board of Directors of such an incredible organization, and to have served as Chairman over the past two years. During this time, Jack has also brought thoughtful leadership and a deep understanding of our members’ needs as DCUC’s Vice Chair. I am fully confident Jack will skillfully guide DCUC and its members towards continued success and growth as DCUC’s Chairman!”
After directing the room to stand, Birnie held the honor of passing the gavel to Fallis, marking the official appointment of Fallis to the Chairman position. Afterward, Fallis provided his first remarks as Chairman, thanking DCUC, its members, Global CU, and his family for their support. Fallis also made a point to honor Birnie for his contributions and service to DCUC and defense credit unions.
“Bill has expertly guided DCUC through an exciting credit union industry landscape and some very challenging economic conditions,” said Fallis stated in his remarks. “He has contributed his time, energy, and expertise to the growth and success of this organization and has left a legacy, along with some big shoes to fill!”
Fallis then provided DCUC’s Conference and gala attendees with his vision and mission as he assumes the responsibility and honor of DCUC Board Chairman.
“I stand before you [today] with great humility, gratitude, and a deep sense of responsibility toward the task entrusted to me. As Chairman, my primary goal is to lead by example and foster an environment that encourages collaboration, inclusivity, and creativity. I firmly believe that by harnessing the collective wisdom and diverse perspectives of our members, we can achieve even greater heights together. I am committed to fostering open lines of communication, actively listening to your ideas and concerns, and ensuring that everyone has a voice in shaping our future.”
Fallis continued, sharing “We will stand united, adapting and innovating to overcome any hurdle that comes our way. Together, we will seize every opportunity, embrace change, and foster a culture of continuous growth and improvement.”
Fallis noted the recent news of the potential CUNA and NAFCU merger and how he views it as an exciting opportunity for DCUC as the trade association landscape continues to evolve.
“Together, we will shape a brighter future for DCUC and our member credit unions. With your support and collective efforts, there is no doubt that we will continue to achieve extraordinary accomplishments and make a lasting impact on our members and the credit union industry.”
In addition to Jack Fallis being named Chairman, DCUC’s Board also includes Maggie Sayer as the 1st Vice Chair, Frank Padak as 2nd Vice Chair, Ron Aoki as Treasurer, Ryan Ross as Board Secretary, and Robin Larsen and Birnie as board members. For more information about DCUC’s Board of Directors, please visit DCUC.org/Board.