Randy Glassburn
David Abernathy

David Abernathy

Professional Achievement Award Winner 2015

Abernathy has had a 45-year career in financial services, with the past 27 at credit unions in Indiana. He has been at Via CU since 2010, serving as President/CEO for the past two years. Since 2001 Dave has been a board member for Credit Union Centers, Indiana’s shared branching network. He is also a member of the League’s Convention Committee and he has been active with credit union chapters since 1999. Abernathy is a member of the League’s Governmental Affairs Committee and has traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent credit union interests many times. He has also organized candidate fundraisers, legislator meet-and-greet events and other opportunities for credit union representatives and their legislators to interact. In 2009 he received the Indiana Credit Union Foundation’s Millie Cox Scholarship Award, which recognizes those who distinguish themselves through grassroots political involvement. In addition to his work with credit unions, he is active in several organizations in Marion-Grant County including the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, the Grant County YMCA, the Grant County Economic Growth Council and the Grant County United Way. Abernathy has also been recognized with Elwood’s Samaritan’s Heart Award for Community Service and with the Beneficence Award for Leadership and Service which was presented by Ball State University. His proudest volunteer achievement is the work he has done with Samaritan’s Feet, an international aid organization that provides shoes for those who need them most in Indiana and around the world.

Award Criteria

The Indiana Credit Union League's Professional Achievement Award was created in 1990 to recognize paid credit union managers who have selflessly given of themselves to promote the credit union ideal and better the credit union movement in Indiana. 

METHOD: The Awards Committee may select one person per year based upon the criteria relating to credit union, chapter, League, national, volunteer and community activities. The Awards Committee or leadership of any chapter or credit union in Indiana may submit names by completing and returning the nomination form.

RECOGNITION: The winner will be announced at the annual convention. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the lobby area of the League’s office that lists winners of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: The nominee must be a paid, full-time manager/CEO of a League-affiliated credit union. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: Candidates for the Professional Achievement Award must:

  • be in good standing in the community.
  • understand and personify the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.”
  • promote the credit union ideal and actively demonstrate loyalty to the entire organized credit union movement.
  • exhibit leadership and management ability.
  • be able to coordinate and work with volunteers and paid staff.
  • have a record of success in maintaining or improving the financial fitness of his/her own credit union.
  • exhibit an unselfish devotion to his/her duties as a credit union professional.
  • be dedicated to and believe in the importance and value of continuing education and training.
  • have success in the development and expansion of services to members of his/her own credit union.

Past Winners

2015 ​David Abernathy
Randy Glassburn
Chris Wardrip
Karla Salisbury
Loren Roth
Michael Burch
Lisa Schlehuber
Dallas Bergl
Bruce Ingraham
Ron Budzinski
Ron Collier
Ann Garmon
Dick Kibbey
Jack Sheets
​​Art Schai
Carol Stanley
Sandra Heller
Barbara A. Berghoff
James Mills
George Dixon
Joseph J. Baldin
Mike Hussey
Loretta Burd
Eugene G. Hills
Alex J. Knaver
Juanita (Jinks) Happel