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Bratsakis Inducted into AACUC Hall of Fame

John Bratsakis, MD|DC Credit Union Association President/CEO, was inducted into the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame alongside four other esteemed industry leaders by the African-American Credit Union Coalition. The ceremony was attended by more than 400 individuals and took place at the historic Organization of American States building in Washington, DC. The prestigious accolade recognizes outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the credit union movement.

African American Credit Union Hall of Fame
(L to R) Anthony Taylor, Board Director, Ascend Federal Credit Union; Karen Madry, President/CEO, Afena Federal Credit Union; Maurice Dawkins, President/CEO, American Spirit Federal Credit Union; John Bratsakis, President/CEO, MD|DC Credit Union Association; Robert Trunzo, President Emeritus, TruStage (formerly CUNA Mutual Group)

“I continue to be blown away with the Hall of Fame Inductees,” said Renée Sattiewhite, AACUC President/CEO. “This year’s honorees have regional, national and international impact and represent the best of collaboration at all levels, from credit union and league to volunteer and service provider. And it’s only fitting that the honorees shared their extraordinary, personal journeys in such a historic place that has hosted countless foreign dignitaries and consequential international decisions.”

André Lucas, Compliance Director of MD|DC CUA and a 2022 Hall of Honoree, had the honor of presenting John Bratsakis with his award. Lucas praised Bratsakis for his extensive achievements in the credit union industry, noting his profound impact on those around him.

Bratsakis has been President/CEO of the MD|DC Credit Union Association for 12 years. His 35-year career in the credit union movement includes extensive experience in operations and advocacy. He served as Senior Vice President of Baxter Credit Union in Vernon Hills, Illinois and CEO of Community Trust Credit Union in Gurnee, Illinois.

Bratsakis exemplifies the volunteer spirit of credit unions, dedicating his time and expertise to various industry boards and initiatives. He is currently the Chair of CU4Kids, Credit Union Miracle Day and the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. He also serves on the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer and as a Board Member for CU Risk Intelligence, League InfoSight, and Plexcity a back-office company for associations.

Other 2024 honorees included:

• Maurice Dawkins, President/CEO, American Spirit Federal Credit Union
• Karen Madry, President/CEO, Afena Federal Credit Union
• Anthony Taylor, Board Director, Ascend Federal Credit Union
• Robert N. Trunzo, Retired President/CEO, TruStage (formerly CUNA Mutual Group)

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