Pierre Jay Award

 Created by NASCUS to recognize individuals, programs, or organizations whose contributions have benefited the state credit union system in a significant way, the Pierre Jay Award honors those who have demonstrated outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to NASCUS and the state system. This is NASCUS’ highest honor in recognition of champions of the state credit union system.


About the Award

First presented in 1997, the Pierre Jay Award honors the first Commissioner of Banks in Massachusetts, Pierre Jay. He learned of the cooperative credit union movement in Milan, Italy, and quickly embraced the concept. Working with philanthropist and credit union pioneer Edward Filene of Boston, and despite objections from the banking industry, Jay went on to champion credit union development in the United States. Through Jay’s perseverance and service, he profoundly shaped credit union history.

Every year, NASCUS members have the opportunity to nominate an individual or organization/committee that shows outstanding commitment and dedication to the state credit union system. Nominations are reviewed by NASCUS’ Pierre Jay Award Committee, and a winner is selected based on the judging criteria outlined below.


Pierre Jay Award Selection Committee

The Pierre Jay Award honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to NASCUS and the state credit union system. The award’s namesake is Pierre Jay of Massachusetts who was the first credit union/banking commissioner appointed in the United States to charter and oversee state-chartered credit unions.

A Selection Committee, comprised of NASCUS members, is appointed to review nominations submitted by the membership to selects awardees based on proven contributions, service, and commitment to the state credit union system.

The Selection Committee is comprised of the

  • Co-Chairs of the NASCUS regulator board and Credit Union Advisory Council
  • Credit union executive or senior regulator from Massachusetts Division of Banks
  • CEO of the credit union league in the state where the NASCUS S3 (State System Summit) is being held when the award is made
  • Immediate past award winner(s)
  • NASCUS CEO

NASCUS Staff Liaison:
Alicia Erb; Vice President, Member Relations


Pierre Jay Award Nominations

The next round of nomination submissions will open in April 2022.

Eligibility, Criteria, and Nomination Process

Any person, program, or organization who or that has made a significant contribution to the state credit union system.

  • Accepting nominations from either the regulator or credit union industry segments:
    • Any individual, group or program, credit union industry committee, volunteer, staff member, chief staff executives, etc.
    • Federal/state lawmakers, federal/state regulators/examiners

Winner’s Criteria

  • Proven contributions that have benefited the state credit union system significantly in the past year
  • Proven demonstration of service, leadership, and commitment to the state system and/or NASCUS
  • Proven service, commitment, and leadership to the state system

Previous Winners:

  • 2020 Sara Vega, Patty Idol, Kim Santos
  • 2019 Mary Hughes
  • 2018 Ron McDaniel
  • 2017 Terry West
  • 2015  Tom Candon
  • 2014 UBIT Steering Committee
  • 2013 J. Parker Cann
  • 2012 Linda Jekel
  • 2011 Roger Little
  • 2010 George Reynolds
  • 2009 Catherine Tierney
  • 2008 Sharon Whiddon
  • 2007 Harold Feeney
  • 2006 George Latham
  • 2005 Ella Robinson
  • 2004 Jim Blaine
  • 2002 James Forney
  • 2001 Richard Murakami
  • 2000 Gary Mielock
  • 1999 Gavin Gee
  • 1998 Gary Oakland
  • 1997 Mike Fitzgerald

Nominating Process

  • The nomination period is held between April – June.
  • Nominations may be made by NASCUS members in good standing.
  • Each nomination is carefully reviewed for consideration by the award’s Selection Committee.
  • Winners are honored at a NASCUS live event, historically at the NASCUS’s S3 (State System Summit)

For more information, please contact Alicia Valencia Erb, Vice President, Member Relations