The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association has named a new president and CEO after 32 years of service from its current leader.
The association has named former Congressional candidate Patrick Conway as the successor to current CEO Jim McCormack, who plans to retire at the end of the year. McCormack will remain a consultant through November 2014, according to an association news release.
Conway is only the fifth president and CEO of the organization since its opening in 1934. He's well-versed in politics and associations, having served for the last 12 years as the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association and, before that, the president and CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County.
In 1996, Conway ran for the seat of Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District but was unsuccessful. The election bid was to replace his former boss William Clinger, who had elected not to run after two terms. He later served as the executive director of the Governor's Action Team under Gov. Tom Ridge and is a Penn State graduate.
"This organization has a strong tradition of advocating on behalf of Pennsylvania credit unions and for providing solutions to credit unions of all sizes," Conway said in a news release. "This is an exciting time for Pennsylvania's credit union movement and an exciting time for me personally as we continue to grow and thrive in what is clearly a challenging environment."
The credit union association provides legislative, promotional, educational and operational support for almost 400 credit unions in Pennsylvania, which have assets of more than $38 billion and serve 3.7 million members.