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Commending Frank E. Berrish on his retirement after 37 years of distinguished service as President and CEO of Visions Federal Credit...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Frank E. Berrish upon the occasion of
his retirement after 37 years of distinguished service as President and
CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to acknowledge the
significant milestones in the distinguished careers of esteemed resi-
dents of this noble Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Frank E. Berrish upon the occasion of his retirement after 37 years of
distinguished service as President and CEO of Visions Federal Credit
Union, headquartered in Endicott, New York; he will officially retire on
April 30, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Visions Federal Credit Union is a member owned cooperative
and today, is one of the only locally owned financial institutions in
its community; and
WHEREAS, Under the luminous direction of President and CEO Frank E.
Berrish, Visions Federal Credit Union grew from a credit union with $25
million in assets, three branches, and serving only IBM employees and
their families, to one of the largest financial institutions in its
community; and
WHEREAS, Today, Visions Federal Credit Union has assets of over $3.2
billion, serving approximately 158,000 members, with 31 branches located
throughout Central New York, portions of Rochester and Syracuse, New
York, Northern Pennsylvania, and Northern New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, This remarkable leader's distinguished life began in Windsor,
New York, where his family owned a motel and he learned the skills of
running a business at a very young age; and
WHEREAS, Frank E. Berrish was a graduate of Windsor High School,
Broome Community College, and Southeastern University in Washington,
D.C.; and
WHEREAS, Upon graduation from college, Frank E. Berrish moved back to
the Southern Tier where he became employed in banking and in 1975 became
the CEO and President of the credit union now known as VISIONS; and
WHEREAS, He led the credit union while making Economic Development a
primary cause while also donating thousands of hours to numerous non-
profits and service to local boards; and
WHEREAS, Throughout his tenure as President and CEO of Visions Federal
Credit Union, Frank E. Berrish also spent many years as a major advocate
for the credit union industry to assure credit unions continued to be a
strong component of the financial industry; and
WHEREAS, Because of this passion for credit unions and what they
offered to all Americans, he was elected to serve on the Board of Direc-
tors for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) in
Washington, D.C.; and
WHEREAS, During his two terms on the Board, Frank E. Berrish was able
to continuously fight for all the causes that made a difference to the
credit union industry as a whole; and
WHEREAS, Additionally, Frank E. Berrish represented his community by
holding a position on the Federal Reserve Board Thrift Institutions'
Advisory Board (TIAC); and
WHEREAS, Frank E. Berrish has been enshrined in the Credit Union "Hall
of Leaders", Washington, D.C., due to his talents and leadership quali-
ties; and
WHEREAS, Frank E. Berrish, by fulfilling the creed of VISIONS Federal
Credit Union, "People Helping People", has allowed generations of
members and the communities they call home to benefit in many ways; and

WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the occurrence of such a compassionate blend-
ing of strength, leadership, intellect, and commitment as that demon-
strated by Frank E. Berrish over a lifetime of sacrifice and dedication
to others; and
WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained commitment to the maintenance of high standards in their
profession, certainly have earned the recognition and applause of all
the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Frank E. Berrish upon the occasion of his retirement after 37
years of distinguished service as President and CEO of Visions Federal
Credit Union; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Frank E. Berrish.

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  • 01 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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