Past NASCUS Chairman Roger Little Honored with NASCUS Pierre Jay Award

Sept. 15, 2011 - Roger Little, retired credit union regulator from Michigan and past NASCUS Chairman and longtime NASCUS Board Director, was honored with the 2011 NASCUS Pierre Jay Award.

Little was honored with the award on Sept. 14 during the NASCUS State System Summit. Recipients of the award best demonstrate outstanding service, leadership and commitment to NASCUS and the dual chartering system. The Pierre Jay Award, first awarded in 1997, is named after the first Commissioner of Banks in Massachusetts.

Little began his state regulator career at the Michigan agency in 1984 as a credit union examiner. He later served as an examiner supervisor before his role as deputy commissioner where he was responsible for the oversight of Michigan's more than 200 state-chartered credit unions. During his tenure as a state regulator, he was actively involved in NASCUS and served on the Board of Directors from 1999-2011 and was NASCUS Chairman from 2003-2005. He was also an active participant in the NASCUS Accreditation Program and testified before committees in the U.S. House and Senate during his involvement with NASCUS, as well as co-authored a NASCUS white paper. Little retired on Jan. 1, 2011.

“When we created the Pierre Jay Award, it was meant for honorees like Roger who have made countless contributions to NASCUS and to the state credit union regulatory system," said NASCUS President and CEO Mary Martha Fortney. "Throughout his career, Roger set such a high standard for excellence and was truly passionate about states' rights and the important work to preserve the safety and soundness of the state credit union system. We are grateful that we can recognize him for his dedication to regulatory professionalism and his commitment to making the state system better and stronger during this career.”

Last year, NASCUS awarded the Pierre Jay to Past NASCUS Chairman George Reynolds, retired deputy commissioner from the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance.