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Edward Nuñez to Receive Leadership Community Service Award

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Regional Chamber announced that Edward Nuñez, assistant vice president of Business Development at Freedom Credit Union, has been named its 2016 recipient of the Leadership Community Service Award.

The award is presented as part of the Springfield Regional Chamber Leadership 2016 program, a collaboration between the chamber and Western New England University to teach middle- and upper-level managers the crucial thinking and problem-solving skills needed to prepare participants to be effective leaders in service to the community and their workplaces.

Since 1990, the award has been presented annually to a citizen or organization that exemplifies the program’s values of leadership in the workplace and in the world and a commitment to community service.

A 2009 graduate of the program, Nuñez joined Freedom Credit Union in 2002 and has over 18 years of experience in the financial-services industry. At Freedom, he leads the credit union’s Youth Banking program and the Credit Union Partners program, which provides area employers with a comprehensive benefits package to offer employees.

In addition, Nuñez takes pride in his efforts to lead Freedom’s financial-literacy efforts. For several years, he has managed the Credit for Life financial-literacy fairs for high-school students in Western Mass., and this year, he has led the credit union’s efforts to offer financial-literacy presentations at Ludlow High School and Putnam Vocational Technical Academy.

Nuñez is very active in the community and serves or has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, Roger L. Putnam Technical Fund, North End Housing Initiative, Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee, YMCA Diversity Committee, and Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Howdy Award Committee, to name a few.

In 2012, Nuñez was named one of BusinessWest’s 40 Under Forty award winners and was one of the first recipients of the Warren Group’s Credit Union Hero awards recognizing credit-union leaders throughout Massachusetts.

The Leadership Community Service Award will be presented to Nuñez at the Leadership 2016 graduation ceremonies on Thursday, April 14 at the Springfield Sheraton, One Monarch place, Springfield. Reservations are $40 in advance and may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com.

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