Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award

The Pete Crear Lifetime

Achievement Award Recipient

Maurice R. Smith

Maurice Smith is the CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union. LGFCU is a financial cooperative serving the financial needs of employees, appointed officials, elected officeholders and volunteers of local governments in North Carolina.

Smith began his career in financial services as a loan officer for State Employees' Credit Union. Smith served in several capacities including vice president/city executive and vice president of marketing and training. Smith joined LGFCU in 1992 as the Executive Vice President, was promoted to President in 1999, and named Chief Executive Officer in 2017.

Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and earned a Juris Doctorate from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. Smith is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, the United States Supreme Court and the District of Columbia. He is also a North Carolina Certified Superior Court Mediator.

Smith achieved an NC Real Estate Brokers License, Certified Credit Union Executive designation and attended several management and marketing schools.

Smith and his wife have two adult children and live in Cary, North Carolina. He is a Deacon at Wake Chapel Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and participates in several professional, community and civic activities.

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.         

Nomination Period for the Pete Crear
Lifetime Achievement Award


All nominations are due on or before Friday, April 17, 2020, at 8 pm EST. Details about this program and nomination process are below.


The Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2002 to recognize significant contributions and excellence in service, promoting the credit union philosophy, created innovative concepts and provided leadership that has had a significant and lasting impact on the national and international credit union community.


The recipient, who will be announced on Tuesday, April 30, 2020, and honored at The AACUC 2020 Annual Conference. Please send a completed nomination form and requested materials to Please make the subject line of your nomination email: 2020 PCLAA NOMINATION (Insert Name).



To be eligible for nomination, the individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated visionary leadership, personal commitment, and innovation beyond professional competence and requirements of the position he/she was employed to serve.

  • Recognized nationally and or internationally for work in or relating to credit unions.

  • Demonstrated leadership and guidance in maintaining the credit union philosophy of people helping people.

  • Accomplishment(s) must relate to the Coalition’s charge to increase the global credit union movement’s strength by adding the focused perspective and energy of all credit union volunteers and professionals of African American descent and other minorities.

  • Demonstrated identifiable and lasting changes to improve/promote credit unions.

  • Inspired and persuaded others to act to advance the credit union system.



  1. Nominations may be submitted by an individual, organization or self-nomination.

  2. Complete the nomination form with at least three (3) letters of recommendation.

  3. Send the completed nomination form and letters of recommendation with the following requested materials to Please make the subject line of your nomination email: 2020 PCLAA NOMINATION (Insert Name).

a.  Full page bio,

b.  Support materials such as newsletter articles, press clippings, marketing brochures, etc., and

c.  Professional Color Head Shot, high-resolution png and jpg format to use for publicity.



The AACUC Executive Committee base scoring on the information provided by the nominee, letters of recommendation, and supporting documents.

If you have any questions about the Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award, please email


Click here to download the application

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Snellville, GA  30039

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