Terry McEachern Internal Auditor of the Year Award
The Terry McEachern Internal Auditor of the Year Award was established in 1995 by Royal Credit Union to recognize Terry McEachern as the founder and first president of the Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors. In 1989, as RCU's internal auditor, McEachern organized a group of auditors in her area to meet and share ideas about internal auditing. She served as the association's first president and served on the ACUIA board of directors for more than ten years. From this small beginning, the group has grown to an international organization of more than 800 members with regions in the United States and Canada.
This award, sponsored by Royal Credit Union, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and ACUIA, is presented to an internal auditor who has made a significant contribution to the internal audit profession and to the credit union industry. The recipient of this award has demonstrated personal and professional leadership in serving the industry, profession, and community.
A special committee reviews the award nominations and announces the winner each fall at the Annual Conference business meeting. In addition to receiving personal recognition and an individual award, the recipient's name is placed on a plaque displayed at Royal Credit Union.
Supervisory and Audit Committees, Credit Union CEOs, Credit Union Internal Auditors and anyone familiar with the nominee's qualifications, may submit nominations for this award. Nominees must be an ACUIA member and currently employed as a credit union internal auditor.
See the guidelines for more information about submitting a nomination for this award. Deadline for nominations is April 30 of each year.
Terry McEachern Auditor of the Year Award Winners
|2004||Robin C. Fitchett||Edward Martinez|
|2003||Vicki L. Adams||Erik Airheart, Denise Hagen, Sangeeta Norton|
|2001||Valerie Weimer||Vicki L. Adams, Ennio Cavuoto, Janet Forbes Reeder, Olivia Fried, Julie Houde, David Perreault|
|2000||Jennifer Parker||Ennio Cavuoto, Julie Houde|
|1999||C. Joseph Marschall||Tirso Morales, Jennifer Parker, Aksel G. Pedersen, James Michael Peters, Joe M. Rivera, Pat Scheiman, Valerie Weimer|
|1995||Anne Evenson Rajanen|
The Chairman's Excellence in Service Award
The Excellence in Service Award is an award given each year to an ACUIA volunteer who exemplifies the spirit and dedication of volunteer service in going above and beyond the call of duty. The recipient of this award is selected by the ACUIA Chairman for their outstanding volunteer service for that year. This award is presented at the Annual Conference.
Excellence in Service Award Winners
|2002||Ennio (Andy) Cavuoto|
The Best Practice Award
The Best Practice Committee is pleased to announce the "Best Auditing Practice Contest." A Best Audit Practice is any auditing routine/procedure/audit program step/or audit technique that you have developed, or one that you have seen used, that contributes to an effective audit or covers an administrative function for your department. If you or someone else thinks it's a good idea, then share it with your fellow auditors.
The authors of the top three entries chosen as the very best of all practices submitted will receive one of three gift certificates in the amount of $100, $75 or $50, as well as a plaque to recognize your contribution.
Winners will be announced at the Annual Conference. However, you do not need to be present at the Conference to win.
The Best Practice Committee evaluates all entries. Criteria for selecting the winner will include originality, ability to implement or use/reuse, adaptability to the credit union size, overall value to the credit union, and the value to the audit department. Entry deadline is April 30.
To submit that great idea, download the printable nomination guidelines and send your submission to ACUIA. It may win you fame and fortune!
Best Practice Contest Winners
The winners are selected by the Best Practices Committee. A best audit practice is any auditing routine/procedure/audit program step/or audit technique that contributes to an effective audit or covers an administration function for the department. Award plaques and gift certificates are presented at the Annual Conference.
|Year||First Place||Second Place||Third Place|
|2012||Golden 1 CU
||Wings Financial CU
||Golden 1 CU|
|2011||Royal CU||US New Mexico CU||Golden 1 CU|
|2010||Royal CU||Royal CU||Golden 1 CU|
|2008||Golden 1 Credit Union, Sacramento||none||none|
|2007||Beverly McMahon, Century FCU||none||none|
|2006||Nathan Cunningham, Deseret First FCU||Sam Han, Andrews FCU||Beverly McMahon, Century FCU|
|2005||Nathan Cunningham, Deseret First FCU||Andrea Fairbanks, WEOKIE CU||Laura Rea, University FCU|
|2003||Joe Rivera, New Mexico Educators FCU||Tirso Morales, Tropical Financial CU||Michell Huber, Financial Partners CU|
|2002||Erik Airheart, Jax FCU||Patrick Yager, Tinker FCU||Jessica Love, ESL FCU|
|2001||Melinda Stoor, America First CU||Patricia Brock, PSECU||Mountain America CU|
|2000||Ennio Cavuoto, Bethpage FCU||IA Dept., S. Carolina FCU||Olivia Fried, Power FCU|
|1999||Ennio Cavuoto, Bethpage FCU||Barbara Egmore, Tower FCU||Cyndi Koan, Arizona FCU|
Best Article of the Year Award
Each year the magazine editor selects the best published article from the quarterly magazine, The Audit Report, and from articles published on the ACUIA web site. All articles from these two sources are automatically considered for this contest. Eligibility for the award begins after the Annual Conference and ends several weeks before the subsequent conference.
The criteria used to evaluate the articles includes:
- Topical Selection: The topic should be of current interest to the majority of credit union auditors.
- Easy to read: The average/experienced internal auditor should be able to comprehend the material. Jargon and acronyms should be avoided or clearly explained and then with minimum use.
- Helpful: The article should be helpful to the majority of credit union auditors. The reader should be able to incorporate or use some information in their daily work or audit plan.
- Application: The material is widely applicable to all credit union auditors. Difference between federal or state chartered credit unions should be defined.The award winner is announced at the Annual Conference business meeting. The winner receives a plaque and recognition in the ACUIA publications. For more information about publishing an article in The Audit Report Magazine or on the web site, contact the ACUIA office. Reprints are not eligible for Article of the Year award consideration.
||Ethics - The Role You Play
|2011||Nathan Cunningham||Chronicles in Employee Fraud: The Rogue IT Specialist|
|2009||Alan White||Vital Insight|
|2008||Sam Capuano||Rules of Engagement|
|2007||Laymen Grant||Security Breaches: Do You Know What to Do?|
|2006||Sam Capuano||Award Given in Recognition of Dedication in Submitting Multiple Articles for Publication|
|2005||Pat Richey||Best Practice: SOX Provisions Affecting Corporate Governance|
|2004||Ellen Simpson||Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003|
|2003||Allen DeLeon &
|Governance Matters: Credit Union Leadership in the Post-Enron Era|
|2002||Sangeeta Norton||OFAC Compliance|
|2001||Bob Parks||Internal Audit: Changes in Professional Practices Framework|
|2000||Jack Champlain||Computer Forensics Investigation|
|1999||Bruce Jolly||Catching Electronic Fraud|
Regional Director Recognitions
ACUIA has grown and prospered over the years due in large part to those members who have volunteered their time and talent to serve the association. One of the vital roles that helps create a cohesive connection between our association and members is that of Regional Director. To recognize members whose past service as a Regional Director for at least one two-year term, they are presented with an award at the Annual Conference.
|2009||Dana McCranie, Sam Capuano|
|2006||Tabitha Ernst, Region 6|
|2003||Amy Sullivan, Region 6|
|John Gallagher, Region 5|
|2002||Brenda Benson, Region 3|
|2001||Lisa Sherman, Region 5|
|Richard Jefferson, Region 6|
|2000||Michael Needy, Region 2|
|Patricia Godyn, Region 4|
|Mark Gerhard, Region 5|