CDA and Navy Federal Credit Union Recognize First Class of Guidepost Award Recipients

Financial and professional advisors recognized for guiding defense communities towards financial well-being

ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 22, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Association of Defense Communities (ADC), in conjunction with the Navy Federal Credit Union, recognized the inaugural winners of the Guidepost Awards last week at the National Defense Communities Summit in Arlington, Illinois. Virginia. The Guidepost Awards is a program that shines a light on the financial advisors and professionals in the defense communities who help guide military members and their families to financial well-being.

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The Association of Defense Communities (ADC), in conjunction with the Navy Federal Credit Union, recognized the inaugural winners of the Guidepost Awards. (Photo: BusinessWire)

The 2022 class of Guidepost Awards winners include:

  • Ron Aylor, director of the Defense Military Pay Office at Fort Riley, Kansas. An Army veteran, Ron has been recognized for his “tenacity in managing such a wide range of responsibilities and changing day-to-day priorities”. It was during his service that Ron first became interested in personal finance and money management, and today he uses this passion to provide “life-changing assistance to soldiers and members of their family in the community”.

  • Toni Geronimo, Community Readiness Consultant for the Military and Family Readiness Center, 6th Force Support Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Helping others has been a key part of Toni’s career from the very beginning. She is recognized for “her extraordinary commitment to the community”. As a Certified Financial Advisor, Toni is “consistently ahead of the game to help the community prevent financial hurdles.”

  • Kathleen Spain, financial advisor for the Soldier Family Assistance Center and Survivor Outreach Services with Army Community Services in Fort Carson, Colorado. With more than 13 years of mortgage and banking experience prior to federal service, Kathleen is credited with meeting “soldiers where they are now and helping them identify a financial strategy to prepare to their new civilian way of life.

  • Scott Wadeson, manager of the financial readiness program at Fort Riley, Kansas. Scott enlisted in the military after high school and earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky. Shortly after 9/11, Scott rejoined the military as an airman and flew the UH-60 Black Hawk. He is known for “always coaching and mentoring his team and never taking a cookie-cutter approach to helping his clients”.

As part of the Guidepost Awards Ceremony at the summit, winners also participated in a panel discussion on “Rethinking the Way We Support Our Military Families,” moderated by Capt. Keith Hoskins (USN Retired), Executive Vice President of Operations of the Federal Navy General Directorate.

“With the heartfelt guidance and care of these incredible advisors, our service members and their families can feel a little more comfortable throughout their financial wellness mission,” Hoskins said. “Bravo Zulu to all of our Guidepost award winners! Your passion for this important work and your willingness to serve are commendable.”

The Guidepost Awards are an Association of Defense Communities and Navy Federal Credit Union recognition program that highlights financial and professional advisors and the important role they play in helping military families achieve their life goals. savings or career transition.

“Our military families face a unique set of challenges when it comes to navigating their financial journeys and planning for the future. That’s why financial advisors are so important,” said Bob Ross, president from CDA. “Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Guidepost Award. We are inspired by the work they do every day to help our military.”

For more information on the Guidepost Awards, visit:

Editorial notes
To download photos from the Guidepost Awards Recognition Ceremony, click here. Favorite photo credit is “ADC Photo by Will Noonan”.

To read the full profiles of the Guidepost Award winners, click here.

About the Defense Communities Association
ADC is the point of connection for community, state, military, and industry leaders on community and military issues and facilities management to improve knowledge, information sharing, and best practices. practice. With nearly 300 affiliated communities, states, regions, and industry organizations as members, CDA represents all major defense communities/states nationwide. To learn more, visit

About Navy Federal Credit Union
Founded in 1933 with just seven members, Navy Federal now has the distinct honor of serving more than 11 million members worldwide and is the largest credit union in the world. As a member-owned, non-profit organization, Navy Federal always puts the financial needs of its members first. Membership is open to all Department of Defense and Coast Guard active duty, veterans, civilian and contract personnel, and their families. Dedicated to its mission of service, Navy Federal employs more than 20,000 people and has a global network of 350 agencies. For more information about Navy Federal Credit Union, visit Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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