Geri Burek has devoted more than 36 years of her life to the credit union movement. Beginning in 1981 as manager of Greyhound ECU to today where she is CE of South Division CU, Geri has demonstrated her leadership skills, volunteerism, community service and dedication to the credit union movement through multiple channels.
Geri has devoted her time and energy to serving the movement both in Illinois and nationally. She served on the League board for thirteen years including two as Chairman, the ICU Foundation and CUPAC and LSC boards, Illinois CUES, and various leadership positions for the Brietzke, Southeast and Chicago Metro Chapters. Geri has also served as a CUNA director and a member of numerous World Council of Credit Union committees.
She started one of the first student branches at Brother Rice High School where she also participated in teaching financial literacy classes and reality fairs. She arranged to have Ernie Banks join the students to share his stories of financial failure and success. Brother Rice sponsored a “Toons Contest” to promote “Teens and Smart Money Management” resulting in the publishing of the “Marbles” school newspaper.
Throughout her career Geri has earned numerous accolades, including CUES Executive of the Year 2004, and multiple times for the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility and Desjardins Youth Financial Literacy awards. Geri graduated from CUNA Management School in 1983 and was one of the first to be designated as a Certified Credit Union Executive. She was also named Business Person of the Year by the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce.
Geri is an avid fundraiser for both the ICU Foundation and CUPAC. She started the annual Women’s Golf Outing to raise funds for CUPAC which generated over $280,000 during its 20 year run.
In addition to her extensive credit union related activities, Geri has also served as an elected community representative for the Chicago Public Schools, a Palos Heights library trustee and is a certified WAGS therapy dog volunteer at Palos Community Hospital. In her spare time she also participates in numerous fundraisers for local and national charitable organizations.
Geri’s leadership and involvement with credit unions at all levels are evident in her professional and personal achievements. Her desire to help others without ever asking for anything in return along with her years of dedication and hard work on behalf of the credit union movement are what makes Geri an inductee into the Credit Union Hall of Fame.