The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce named Michael L’Ecuyer, president and CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union (BCCU), as the GMCC Citizen of the Year. The award will be presented on April 18th at the Chamber’s annual dinner and citizen of the year celebration. The award is an annual tradition that began in 1954.
According to a statement, since L’Ecuyer became president and CEO in November 2001, membership has increased more than 25,000, the credit union has grown from $197 million to $500 million in assets and more than doubled the number of employees from 39 to 90.
He is completing his 8th year as the chairman of the America’s Credit Union Museum, raising $3.3 million in a national campaign that served to renovate and expand the museum space and incorporate an industry research library into the west-side Manchester location. L’Ecuyer is also a past board member and past chair of the New England Automated Clearing House and a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank advisory board. According to the statement, he worked tirelessly as a past director of the Credit Union National Association; past chair of the NH Credit Union League; and has represented community banking institutions as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Community Depository Institutions advisory council.
He currently serves as a trustee and is a past chair of the Palace Theatre Trust, serves on the board of directors at Northeast Delta Dental and recently completed his chairmanship of the NH Business Committee for the Arts.
L’Ecuyer’s nomination for Citizen of the Year was championed by Nathan Saller, EVP/COO of BCCU. In his nomination, Saller says that, “Mike L’Ecuyer embraces the role of a leader – inside his organization, in the financial services industry, and throughout the community. Mike’s style can be explained with two phrases: passionate leadership and tireless involvement. His commitment to local community, his passion for volunteering and his leadership across so many organizations make him an outstanding honoree for Citizen of the Year.”