Jim Park Stepping Down From Credit Union 24
Jim Park, founder one of the nation's two national credit union-owned ATM and point of sale networks, will step down from his position as president/CEO yearend 2012. Mansel Guerry, former CEO of the 5,200 member, $30 million Brightview Credit Union, a federally chartered credit union in Ridgeland, Miss., will take the helm as president/CEO.
“Jim Park is the reason that Credit Union 24 exists today, and our entire industry owes him a debt of gratitude for his career-long contributions to bringing the network’s unique EFT business model to fruition and helping credit unions succeed in a challenging marketplace,” said Bradley Blake, chairman of the Credit Union 24 board of directors and CEO of Florida State FCU in Tallahassee, Fla. “Our board of directors has always embraced Jim Park’s dedication to the spirit of cooperation and the credit union movement, and it is because of this foundation that the network has been successful. As our network continues to grow and evolve with the industry under Mansel Guerry’s leadership, we will remain true to this foundation and overarching philosophy.”
“I am humbled by the credit unions that offered me the opportunity to pursue my dream 30 years ago, and I am proud of the journey that our network has taken,” said Park. “I am also very fulfilled by the fact that I chose serving credit unions and credit union members to be my career—looking back, I see that leading the Credit Union 24 network was what I was fated to do. Similarly, Mansel Guerry’s dedication to the credit union movement and cooperative philosophy will ensure that the board’s vision remains as the network’s foundation. I believe the board made the best decision in securing Mr. Guerry as our network’s future leader.”
Guerry has served on the staff of Credit Union 24 since January as executive vice president of administration and has been involved with the organization's board in different capacities, including chairman, since 1998.
“Mr. Guerry brings a unique variety of experience to the Credit Union 24 leadership team, and it was this experience combined with his collaborative philosophy and engaging leadership style that set him apart,” said Blake. “We are confident that Mansel will build upon Credit Union 24’s current foundation and structure and take our network, our participants and our industry partners to new levels of success.”