Kathy Hooker Burress will retire from Symitar at the end of the year after five years as president of the San Diego-based provider of the widely used Episys core processing platform and nearly 30 years in the credit union industry.
She will be succeeded by Ted Bilke, who currently is general manager of operations and development for Episys.
Bilke will become division president on Oct. 1 and Hooker Burress will serve in an advisory capacity until Dec. 31, according to parent company Jack Henry & Associates of Monett, Mo.
Hooker Burress joined Symitar in 2000 as manager of national sales and became president in 2005, succeeding Bruce Cormode.
During Hooker Burress' tenure, Symitar grew its client list to more than 700 credit unions, landed dozens of billion-dollar clients and inspired a cottage industry of consultancies specializing in developing Episys add-ons.
"When I joined the Symitar team in 2000, my goal was to become an agent of positive change and I believe we've done that. However, I've also had a long-term goal of retiring while my husband and I still have plenty of time to enjoy our families and explore life," Hooker Burress said.