NAFCU last week announced it had named Martin Breland, president/CEO of Tower Federal Credit Union, as Region II director on the NAFCU board of directors. Breland replaces retiring board member Charlie Thomas, who stepped down after his resignation as a member of the board of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union.
“Martin’s decades of experience as a credit union leader and his ardent dedication to advancing the industry make him a valuable asset to the NAFCU board,” said NAFCU Chair Mike Parsons, president/CEO of First Source Federal Credit Union. “We appreciate Charlie’s contributions to the NAFCU board over the years and wish him well in all his future endeavors,” Parsons added. Breland joined Tower Federal Credit Union, based in Laurel, Md. in 1988, and became president/CEO in 1994. He served as vice president of finance and vice president of member services prior to becoming CEO. Tower FCU has increased its assets from $660 million in 1995 to $2.6 billion in 2012. Tower’s membership has increased from approximately 94,000 members in 1995 to over 125,000 members worldwide today. The largest federal credit union in the state, Tower FCU has 16 branches, spanning four central Maryland counties. “I am honored to join NAFCU’s board. NAFCU is a strong voice for the industry, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members, its President and CEO Fred Becker and his exemplary staff to achieve the association’s goals for our great industry and the millions of members they serve,” said Breland. Breland holds a degree in finance from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He also completed post-graduate work at Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking and earned an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.