People in the News
Northeast Credit Union, Portsmouth, N.H., recently named Doreen Austin as its new commercial lending officer. Austin has more than 15 years of experience in commercial lending and business development, most recently serving as the assistant vice president, business banking officer at Citizens Bank. Austin will develop and lead commercial lending and business development strategies that will enhance the products and services offered to the credit union’s business members and expand the number of businesses that the credit union serves, Northeast said. She earned an associate of science degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Pawtucket Credit Union, Pawtucket, R.I., announced that Joe Silva has joined the credit union as vice president of commercial lending. Silva will be responsible for the management and growth of the credit union’s commercial loan portfolio, including real estate and business lending. In addition to overseeing the day to day activities of the department, he is also charged with adherence to regulatory requirements and procedural development. Formerly of Bank Rhode Island, he has over 15 years of experience in commercial lending. Silva holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island.
Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, Anchorage, Alaska, announced that Bill Murray was selected chairman of board of directors by his fellow board members. Murray has served on the board for the past 18 years, serving a variety of leadership positions, including vice chair and treasurer. He was co-chair of the steering committee when Denali and Alaskan Federal Credit unions merged in 1997. He has also served as chair of the supervisory committee and has held positions on the credit union’s credit, facilities, nominating and investment committees. He is former chairman of the Alaska Credit Union League and member of the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen. Murray is currently manager of purchasing and logistics for United Utilities, Inc., where he is responsible for directing purchasing and logistic support functions for the company, which provides telecommunication services to rural Alaska. including the delivery of broadband infrastructure and services. He has a bachelor of arts degree in finance and business from the University of Washington.
Gesa Credit Union, Richland, Wash., announced the addition of two financial services professionals. Commercial Loan Officer Jeremy Wiersma and Business Development Representative Gary Grant have joined the credit union. Wiersma brings nine years of commercial lending experience and a background in agricultural research to Gesa’s business lending team. At Gesa, he handles commercial real estate loans, lines of credit, agricultural and equipment loans, SBA 7(a) and 504 loans, and farm loan programs. Grant has a 17-year background sales and marketing, advertising, educational recruitment and television production. At Gesa, he works with local businesses and organizations, introducing them to Gesa membership and Gesa’s products and services.
San Diego County Credit Union, San Diego, announced that Ashlee Micale, with more than 15 years of financial management experience, has been named executive vice president, chief financial officer. Micale will provide a strategic role in the overall financial management of SDCCU. Micale has direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning and treasury functions. Micale previously was, since 2005, chief financial officer at the Denver-based Public Service Credit Union. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in accounting, and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Texell Credit Union, Temple, Texas, has announced the hiring of Tom Lowery as vice president finance and administration. In his new role, Lowery is responsible for Texell’s accounting, collections, human resources and information technology efforts. He will also serve on Texell’s senior management team, evaluating new business opportunities and developing strategic plans for the credit union. Lowery’s professional background includes serving as senior vice president/treasurer for United Central Bank and senior management roles at American National Bank of Texas, Redwood Credit Union and First American Bank. He holds an accounting degree from the University of South Carolina.
United Methodist Federal Credit Union, Montclair, Calif., welcomed its newest employee, Assistant Vice President & Business Development Manager Teodoro Ramirez. He brings over 16 years of financial experience to the credit union. In this position, Ramirez will be in charge of increasing financial literacy and educating the community on the benefits found with United Methodist FCU membership. Ramirez is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelor of arts in sociology and a master of arts in urban planning. He is a certified financial literacy instructor and also has an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business.
Lake Michigan Credit Union, Grand Rapids, Mich., announced the promotion of Bill Clancy to vice president of retail strategy. Clancy previously held the director of retail strategy position. Clancy brings over 13 years of experience in the financial industry and eight years serving members at Lake Michigan Credit Union. Clancy received his bachelor’s degree in finance and business economics from Notre Dame and his MBA from Grand Valley State University.
Securian Financial Group, St. Paul, Minn., announced the appointment of Doug Schubert to director, retirement plan technology. Schubert’s responsibilities include oversight of the business technology unit for Securian’s retirement plan product line. He provides technological production support, project management, business analysis and quality assurance services associated with technology projects that support and enable business initiatives. Prior to his promotion, Schubert was a manager in the same division. Schubert earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamline University in St. Paul. He joined Securian in 1984 as a programmer in the information technology department.