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Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award

About the Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award 

This prestigious award is presented annually recognizing a credit union professional or volunteer whose career best embodies the African-American Credit Union Coalition’s mission to increase the strength of the global credit union community.  Sustained excellence is a hallmark of the recipients. The recipient will have demonstrated support for the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” Organized and/or provided significant assistance to credit unions in need.  Has constructively impacted the infrastructure, growth, legislative, regulatory, image and/or service delivery capacity of the credit union community. 

In August 2003, Pete Crear received the inaugural African-American Credit Union Lifetime Achievement Award and was further honored by having the award named after him and a college scholarship established in his name.  Crear is retired and the past President and Chief Executive Officer of The World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU). Crear is considered a credit union pioneer.         

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The Pete Crear Lifetime

Achievement Award Recipient


Ty is President and CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union, a $5.6 billion financial institution headquartered in Endwell, NY serving over 230,000 members primarily in three states (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania).

Though Ty’s roots are southern, he was raised in Wallkill, NY. He attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA on a track scholarship where he attained his undergraduate degree, master’s in accounting, and his MBA. Ty has over 30 years in the financial services industry working at institutions such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs (Controller at Archon Group – Real Estate Division), GE Asset Management, and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (now known as HVCU). He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Ty serves on a number of boards both locally and across the country in an effort to support both the region in which he resides and the credit union industry as a whole. He has received numerous awards for his efforts in supporting these causes and advocates that giving of your time and resources is a responsibility we should all participate in.

All around, Ty leads and mentors his staff and others by using positivity and encouragement. He believes winning is contagious and fun which is evidenced by his overall approach to life and management style. He urges everyone to find that “one thing” they are passionate about to make their life, family, job, or community better. He promotes this approach hoping it will lead to thousands of “one things” to make our communities and world better. To get a better sense of Visions Federal Credit Union and Ty’s brand, click here to watch.

To this day, at age 51, Ty still says his greatest accomplishment is marrying his wife and raising his two daughters.

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