Monica Belz, Kauai Government Employees FCU CEO named 2019 Credit Union Rock Star

on "August 28, 2019 1:23 pm"

Hawaii Credit Union League (HCUL) congratulates Monica Belz, CEO of Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union, for being chosen as one of the Credit Union Rock Star class of 2019.

Credit Union Magazine annually awards this title to credit union professionals whose accomplishments elevate the credit union movement.

“Our 50 Credit Union Rock Stars are changing the lives of their members, staff, and communities each day,” said Ann Hayes Peterson, vice president of publishing at CUNA and editor-in-chief of Credit Union Magazine. “They do so not only with their product innovations and concern for members’ financial well-being, but also with their servant leadership.”

Belz was recognized for her over-the-top effort to bring the credit union’s services to its members stranded by record rainfall, extensive flooding, and a dozen landslides that isolated the northern communities on Kauai. In the aftermath of the storm, Belz jet-skied, boated, and swam to bring the credit union to its members.

Experienced in disaster recovery, Belz has coordinated help for four major catastrophes, been involved in international development and volunteer projects since she was 11 and been a firefighter since age 14. 082919 monica rockstar

“My entire team of credit union staff and volunteers are the true Rockstars,” Belz explained. “Our staff and volunteers are the backbone and life-blood of our not-for-profit financial cooperative. Every day our team shows up with passion, hope, and vigor to live the credit union motto of people-helping-people. I am humbled and honored to work with each and every one of them. We live and breathe community support and development.  It’s part of our DNA.” 

Winners were nominated by their colleagues and selected by the editorial staff of Credit Union Magazine. In total, 50 professionals representing 30 states are recognized as this year’s Credit Union Rock Stars from a variety of disciplines.

Belz and the other winners will be featured in Credit Union Magazine’s Fall issue, sponsored by Fiserv.

The full list of 2019 Credit Union Rock Stars is available at news.cuna.org/rockstar.