Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame
As chairman of the Illinois Credit Union League and Service Corporation, Gary Nester is a very visible credit union leader. He currently serves as Business Development Manager at Citizens Equity Federal Credit Union in Peoria, which he joined in 1986 after serving as president of three different credit unions.
For nearly three decades Nester has actively supported the credit union movement. He has a "can do" attitude and a reputation for getting the job done. That reputation earned him the CUES Manager of the Year Award in 1983.
Nester has been a director of the Illinois Credit Union League since 1988, the same year he earned his Certified Credit Union Executive designation. He has held positions as secretary/treasurer and vice chairman before becoming its chairman in 1996. As chairman, he visited all 28 chapters of the League, some more than once, to discuss key issues such as credit union unity and the Campaign for Consumer Choice.
While serving on the League and Service Corp. boards, Gary has also served as a board member of Mid-States Corporate Federal Credit Union. His leadership and willingness to serve multiple groups at the same time is a testament to his enduring commitment and dedication to the credit union movement.
Gary is also committed to the credit union philosophy of "people helping people" as evidenced by his service as a board member for the ICU Foundation since 1988. In his role as a Foundation board member, Gary is quick to raise funds on behalf of community projects such as the Credit Unions for Kids program. In addition, he helps to set policy and establish programs to help credit unions through grants and scholarships.
Nester has held many offices at the chapter level since 1983 when he first became involved. These have included league director, chapter chairman, vice chairman, ICU Foundation rep and education committee liaison.
Gary has also held positions at the national level, serving on several CUNA committees and as a national director. His experience and knowledge of credit union activities, both locally and nationally, have helped earn him this Hall of Fame Award.
His commitment to education is evidenced by his daily activities. Nester is the Human Resource Development Manager and Certified Sales Trainer for CEFCU. Certified in Business Development Sales Training and Sales Strategy, Nester trains CEFCU employees and other credit unions in Illinois. Nester is on the dean’s list of the National Credit Union Institute. He is an active member of the CUNA Human Resources Council and the American Management Association Human Resource Council.
Effective February 1, 1998, Gary assumed the position of Business Development Manager at CEFCU. For a short period of time he is serving as both Human Resource Development Manager and Business Development Manager. As Business Development Manager, Gary will be responsible for working with CEFCU’s current select employee groups and all Caterpillar plants and dealers to promote credit union membership and benefits. He will also be responsible for bringing in new SEGs.
In his spare time, Gary devotes time and energy to his church and community.
The items included above are but a few of the many lifetime achievements Gary has accomplished on behalf of credit unions.
As we honor the people who have dedicated their lives to the credit union movement, we acknowledge Gary Nester. We welcome Gary into the Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame.