• Armed Services YMCA of Alaska Honors Local Businessman


    Statewide, AK – The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska (ASYMCA) presented the 2024 Bobby Alexander Civic Leader of the Year Award to Global Credit Union’s President and CEO Geoff Lundfelt. Lundfelt was honored at ASYMCA’s 47th Annual Salute to the Military gala on Feb. 17, 2024, where he accepted the award on behalf of Global Credit Union. Held annually in February, the event recognizes 13 junior enlisted service members, a military spouse, and a civic leader.

    “Every year, we have the immense privilege of honoring some of Alaska’s most influential leaders at the annual Salute to the Military,” said Sarah Riffer, Executive Director of the ASYMCA of Alaska. “These leaders are selected by a committee of their peers, and the ASYMCA board and staff were thrilled to learn that Geoff was selected for the 2024 Bobby Alexander Civic Leader of the Year award. Under Geoff's leadership, Global Credit Union has made a tremendous impact on our Alaska military members and it’s wonderful to shine a light on the work that they do.”

    A lifelong Alaskan, Lundfelt was attending University of Alaska Fairbanks when he started as a teller at what was then Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. He now serves as President and CEO of Global Credit Union, president of Global’s philanthropic arm, and member of the 11th Air Force Civilian Advisory Board. Under Lundfelt’s leadership, Global has expanded its support of programs that directly impact the lives of Alaska-based service members and military families. 

    A long-time supporter of the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, Global has played a crucial role in helping the nonprofit provide programs and services unique to military life. Most recently, the partnership yielded the new Global Early Learning Center, which provides affordable curriculum-based preschool options to military families on both JBER and Eielson Air Force Base. The two centers currently serve 85 students.  

    “For 75 years, Global has proudly served our military community, a legacy that began with our humble roots,” said Lundfelt. “This award is a testament to the enduring commitment of Global to enriching the lives of our members and their families. It is a privilege to lead an organization that remains dedicated to our founding principles while continuing to evolve and adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of those we serve.”

    The award, named after Army veteran and former Global (then Alaska USA Federal) Credit Union chairman Bobby Alexander, was started in 2020 as a way to honor those who demonstrate a strong commitment to Alaska-based service members. Every year, one honoree is selected by committee to receive the award, which is presented during the ASYMCA's Salute event. Lundfelt is the fifth recipient to be honored by the award. 

    “Bobby Alexander has a long history of supporting our nation's defenders. He's provided an incredible legacy for both our state and the ASYMCA of Alaska,” said Riffer. “I see Geoff and Global continue Bobby's legacy, and it is an honor to recognize their contributions with the 2024 Bobby Alexander Civic Leader of the Year award.”

    For more information on the Bobby Alexander Civic Leader of the Year award or to view the nomination criteria, please visit https://alaska.asymca.org/salute-to-the-military/

    Nominations for civilian leader awards are accepted annually from November through early January on the ASYMCA's website.


    About Global Credit Union:

    Global Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative with a mission of enriching lives through world-class financial services. Global, a low-income designated credit union, was founded in 1948 at the Alaska Air Depot, and now serves more than 750,000 members online and in 77 branches across Washington, Alaska, Idaho, California, and Arizona, as well as branches on three U.S. military installations in Italy. Learn more at globalcu.org.

    Global Credit Union Contact:

    Tim Woolston, Senior Vice President, Marketing


    About the Armed Services YMCA:

    The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) of Alaska is a part of the national ASYMCA, the United States' oldest military support organization. Found in 1861, the ASYMCA's mission enhances the lives of active-duty junior enlisted military members and their families in spirit, mind, and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life. To learn more about how the ASYMCA of Alaska is "Strengthening Our Military Family®" visit alaska.asymca.org



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    Photo: Geoff Lundfelt (right) receives the 2024 Bobby Alexander Civic Leader of the Year award.