2017 UP Chapter of MCUL Distinguished Service Award
George Isola: TruNorth Federal Credit Union
George Isola has been the General Manager of TruNorth Federal Credit Union (formerly
Ishpeming Community Federal CU) since 1992. During that time, that credit union has
grown from $25 million to over $140 million in total assets, and now serves more than
While serving as manager of TruNorth Federal Credit Union, George has been on many
committees, both for the UP Chapter of Credit Unions and the Michigan Credit Union
League. He served 4 years as Alternate Director and 10 years as Director for MCUL from
1998-2012, and as a CU Corp Director from 2008-2012. George is the first person from the
Upper Peninsula to serve as MCUL Board Chairman. He has been a Trustee for the MCUE
program since 1998.
George received the MCUL Distinguished Person of the Year award in 2012. He served on
the Executive Committee and is currently Marketing Chairperson for the Upper Peninsula
Chapter of Credit Unions. He organizes joint advertising for UP Credit Unions on the “High
School Bowl” program on PBS each year.
George is past president of the Ishpeming/Negaunee Chamber of Commerce and serves on
the Ishpeming Police Officers’ Pension Committee.
In his spare time, George has served as the Negaunee Senior Hockey League treasurer
since 1992 and has coached youth hockey and baseball. He was also a past Rotary
George is a 1983 graduate of Michigan Technological University with a BSBA.
He and his wife Ruth have two sons Matthew and Nathan and four grandchildren. All reside