Biloxi, Miss. (5/19/16) - - Former Gulf Trust
Federal Credit Union director, the late William C. Ehlers, was recently
inducted into the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame. His son Eddie
Ehlers accepted the award.
Created in 1993, the
Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame is the state’s highest credit union
honor, recognizing individuals that have devoted their life to the
philosophy and success of credit unions at the local, state or national
"The Hall of Fame is our way of highlighting the
achievements and showing thanks to those who worked throughout their life to
strengthen the credit union movement in Mississippi,” said Charles Elliott,
Mississippi Credit Union Association president/CEO.
William C. Ehlers joined
Hospital System Credit Union, now Gulf Trust Credit Union, in 1972 a month
after the credit union’s charter was granted. He was elected to the
supervisory committee in 1975, and the board of directors in 1977, serving
as vice president until 1984.
From 1984 – 1987, Mr.
Ehlers served as the credit union’s part-time manager, leading the rapid
growth of the credit union from $1.1 million to $4.5 million in assets.
Mr. Ehlers held the
position of treasurer from 1988 through 2010, and remained on the board of
directors until he passed away in 2012. Mr. Ehlers was influential in all
decisions made at the credit union, and his legacy helped grow Gulf Trust
Credit Union into a full service financial institution with $25 million in
assets, serving more than 4,700 members.
“I was fortunate to have
Mr. Ehlers’ guidance when I began working at the credit union in 1988. His
knowledge, leadership and dedication inspired me to learn and grow, not just
professionally, but personally as well. We are excited that Mr. Ehlers’
efforts are being recognized by being inducted into the Mississippi Credit
Union Hall of Fame.”
General Manager, Betty Hutchinson
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