MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – New Jersey credit union leaders gathered with staff of the New Jersey Credit Union League on Wednesday night for a special farewell reception for departing NJCUL President/CEO Paul Gentile. After five years at the helm, Gentile will be stepping down at the end of this year. Gentile will be joining the CUNA team, assuming the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications and Engagement, effective Jan. 7th.
NJCUL Chairman Lou Vetere wishes Gentile luck in his new position at CUNA.
Credit union CEOs, board members, and executives from across the state came to Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township for the reception to give Gentile a proper send-off.
NJCUL Board Chairman and President/CEO of Garden Savings FCU Lou Vetere took to the podium towards the end of the night to address the membership present. Vetere praised Gentile for his strong leadership over the past five years, in particular his focus on “communication, communication, communication.”
Gentile addresses the crowd, assuring them that he will continue to advocate for them, but just on a larger scale.
“Credit unions are no longer the best kept secret in New Jersey thanks to Paul’s focus on advocacy,” Vetere said, referencing the “Banking You Can Trust” slogan that New Jersey credit unions trademarked under Gentile’s tenure.
Gentile leaves big shoes to fill, said Vetere, but the League will keep pressing on. Though sad to see him go, Vetere is confident that Gentile will continue to do what he did for new Jersey credit unions, but just on a national scale.
The crowd raises their glasses as Vetere leads a toast in Gentile’s honor.
Gentile then took to the podium, thanking the membership, the board, and the staff for their support. He also assured the membership that he will continue to advocate for them, but just on a larger scale in his new position at CUNA.
More photos from the event are available on the League’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NJCUL/photos_albums.