Our Board

At Piedmont Advantage Credit Union, we are unique in that our Board of Directors is strictly volunteer. Our Board consists of individuals of diverse industry, experience and community involvement. They do not receive compensation for their time and talents.

President / CEO Dion L. Williams said, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee for their service to Piedmont Advantage Credit Union. They serve without compensation; so their time, talent and knowledge are shared with the credit union as a labor of love. The volunteers are elected by the members to represent the members. Our volunteers represent the history and tradition of the credit union as well as a commitment to the members and communities we serve."

Board of Directors

  • Tom Mekis, Chairman
  • Steve Gilliland, Vice Chairman
  • Mark Saunders, Secretary
  • Darren Cranfill, Director
  • Justine Lerch, Director
  • George Price, Director
  • Mark Linville, Director
  • Brian Myers, Director
  • Diana Santos-Johnson, Director
  • Ramon Hoots, Director Emeritus
  • John Reece, Director Emeritus
  • Gene Sharp, Director Emeritus
  • Jim Taylor, Chairman Emeritus

The Supervisory Committee serves an important oversight function. The committee ensures the Board safeguards assets and management complies with the organization's established policies.

Supervisory Committee

  • Toni Douglas
  • A.J. Eaker
  • Mara O'Neil
  • Diana Santos-Johnson, Chair

An exciting conversation is taking place around an Eighth Cooperative Principle for credit unions. Envisioned by Local Government FCU and Civic FCU CEO Maurice Smith in 2019, the Eighth Cooperative Principle commits credit unions to an unambiguous focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The principle was formally adopted by the US credit union movement in 2019.

In February 2022, Piedmont Advantage's Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution in support of an 8th Cooperative Principle. “Special thanks to our Diversity and Inclusion Committee for their engagement and collaboration on this important moment in Piedmont Advantage’s history,” said President / CEO Dion Williams.

Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and founded in 1949 within the aviation industry, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union (PACU) serves member-owners, who reside, work, worship, attend school or operate a business in one of the six counties it serves in North Carolina or who are employed by one of its many employer companies. These six counties are Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Rockingham.

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