Lobbyists and Legislative Liaisons 2022

3 Virginia Credit Union League President Richard D. “Rick” Pillow retired following a 40-plus-year career within the credit union system. “Anyone who has worked with Rick knows his passion for credit unions,” said Patsy Stuard, CEO of Fort Lee Federal Credit Union and chairman of the Virginia Credit Union League Board of Directors. “His leadership and vision helped us position the League as the voice, champion, and premier resource for Virginia’s credit unions. Rick’s guidance, his knowledge of the system, and his enthusiasm will be missed, but he leaves a legacy of contribution and accomplishment that helped forge the League into the strong, stable, missionfocused organization it is today.” Pillow’s career in credit unions began in 1978 when he was hired by the League to serve as a consultant to credit unions. For the next two decades, he would serve in various positions with the League, its corporate credit union, and with Martinsville DuPont Employees Credit Union (nowValleyStar Credit Union) (1982-1986). In 1997, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of the League and succeeded Eugene H. Farley Jr. as League President on Jan. 1, 2000. His long, distinguished career as League President saw the establishment of the Credit Union House of Virginia in downtown Richmond as a lobbying and operations hub; the evolution of the League’s advocacy infrastructure to better facilitate credit unions’ grassroots efforts, political fundraising and regulatory advocacy; the launch of a host of new products and services within the League and its service corporation; formation of the League’s charitable foundation; and recently, the creation of TRGroup, a multi-League organization offering products, services and professional development opportunities to more than 700 credit unions. “I’ve been honored to serveVirginia’s credit union system in one capacity or another for 42 years come next June,” said Pillow. “What a privilege it’s been to have known and to have worked with so many wonderful people over those four decades, and I’m grateful and humbled by the difference they made in my life on both a personal and professional level.” RICK PILLOW