Professional Achievement Award

Bill Schirmer

Professional Achievement Award Winner 2018

Bill SchirmerBill Schirmer
Bill has been in the credit union business since 1990, and CEO of his credit union since 2012 during which time the credit union has surpassed $1.5 billion in assets and grown to serve more than 200,000 members. A variety of products have been introduced to meet the vast and varying needs of the membership, including Vertical and Platinum Rewards checking accounts, which returned $2.3 million to members who took advantage of them. A major expansion is taking place under Schirmer’s leadership. Recently, the credit union opened an 82,000-square-foot main facility in Evansville as well as branch offices in Washington and Fort Branch Indiana, Bowling Green, Kentucky and Franklin, Tennessee. Additionally, the credit union operates mortgage lending operations under the Liberty Financial brand in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, and it has agreed to acquire American Founders Bank in Louisville.

Schirmer is a member of the League’s Governmental Affairs Committee, making personal connections on behalf of Indiana credit unions with lawmakers at the state and federal levels. He serves at the national level as a member of the Payments Committee for Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and on the Legislative Affairs Committee of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). He also holds leadership roles with a number of community organizations that work in the credit union’s branch communities. This includes Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, where he is currently chairman, and where employees of Evansville Teachers FCU pledged $85,000 to build a Habitat Home this year. He has also led the credit union to be a top fundraiser for United Way of Evansville; he serves as a board member of the Evansville School Corporation Foundation; he is a board member for Junior Achievement, and he is on the Advisory Council for the University of Southern Indiana. 

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

​2018​​ ​Bill Schirmer


​Amy Si​nk
Cindy Duke
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