Credit union CEO gets awarded hall of fame spot
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W. BLAKE STRICKLAND, president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, was recently inducted into a statewide hall of fame for people in his field. Pictured at the awards ceremony are, from left to right, Rick Veach, president and CEO of Volunteer Corporate Credit Union; Strickland; and Fred Robinson, president of the Tennessee Credit Union League. Contributed photo
W. BLAKE STRICKLAND, president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, was recently inducted into a statewide hall of fame for people in his field. Pictured at the awards ceremony are, from left to right, Rick Veach, president and CEO of Volunteer Corporate Credit Union; Strickland; and Fred Robinson, president of the Tennessee Credit Union League. Contributed photo
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NASHVILLE — W. Blake Strickland, president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, was inducted into the Tennessee Credit Union Hall of Fame at the Tennessee Credit Union League annual meeting in Gatlinburg.

Jointly sponsored by Volunteer Corporate Credit Union and the Tennessee Credit Union League, induction into the Tennessee Credit Union Hall of Fame is awarded annually to recognize the commitment, leadership and dedication that deserving individuals from the state have made to the credit union movement.

Strickland began his credit union career with Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union in 1978 as its first marketing director. His enthusiasm and dedication to the principals of the credit union movement have remained steadfast throughout his career. Appointed as president and CEO in 1999, he has guided the credit union to $975 million in assets with 14 branch locations.

He served as board chairman of Volunteer Corporate Credit Union from 2005-09 and as a league director in 2007. He is also a member of the Credit Union Executives Society and is a Certified Credit Union Executive, or CCUE.

Strickland has been active in many community activities, including the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Business advisory board; the board of directors of the United Way in Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Rotary Club. He has previously been part of Junior Achievement of Chattanooga, the River Valley Chapter of the March of Dimes, the Finance Committee of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chattanooga Area Chapter of Credit Unions.

He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently serves as vice president of the University of Georgia Alumni Society board of managers.

The Tennessee Credit Union League was formed in 1934 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit trade association for Tennessee credit unions. The league’s mission is to promote and support the success and advancement of credit unions in meeting their service and structural goals.

With 14 branches throughout the Tennessee Valley and more than 100,000 members, TVFCU is the largest credit union in the Chattanooga area. Anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers or attends school in the 13-county community is eligible for membership. Businesses and other legal entities are also eligible. For more information, visit tvfcu.com.