David M. Ellings of South Bay Credit Union recently received an "Unsung Hero" award from the California Credit Union League's Historical Preservation Committee.
The award was designed to honor deserving individuals with at least 20 years of service.Ellings, a Long Beach resident, has served the South Bay Credit Union in Redondo Beach, CA for more than 25 years.Prior to becoming vice president of lending, he held a number of management positions at the credit union. Ellings holds a B.A. degree from UCLA, and is a 1989 graduate of the Western CUNA Management (WCMS) School, a three-year, two-week school for credit union professionals held at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. As a graduate of WCMS, he served as a graduate assistant to the 1990 and 1991 senior classes.Since 1992, he has served as WCMS director of student activities, coordinating the non-academic side of campus life. He serves on the board of governors for the Southwest Chapter of the California Credit Union League.For three years he served as chapter president, and also served as a League district delegate.In addition to serving on several League conference and annual meeting committees, Ellings chaired the League's steering committee for its Palm Tree Conference in 1991.WCMS President and Dean James D. Likens presented Ellings with the "Unsung Hero" award during WCMS's 2007 graduation ceremonies.