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The $861 million, 59,000-member CFCU Community Credit Union of Ithaca, N.Y., recently announced the selection of Jim Struble as the organization’s new vice president of sales and service. Struble has spent the last five years at the $635 million, 50,000-member Mayo Employees FCU in Rochester, Minn., where he most recently served as director of innovation and production manager. During his time at Mayo FCU, the credit union increased in asset size from $300 million to $600 million and more than doubled its online banking and electronic statement users.
The $138 million, 15,000-member ILWU Credit Union in Wilmington, Calif., announced the selection of Ralph Ruiz as the organization’s new president/CEO. Ruiz has 23 years of extensive financial services industry experience with more than 15 years at a senior executive level. He most recently served as the chief operating office of the $367 million, 28,000-member SkyOne Federal Credit Union in Hawthorne, Calif. Prior to that position, Ruiz was vice president of marketing and technology at SkyOne where he was responsible for product development and promotion, all member communication, technology strategy, data integrity, e-commerce, brand and image, and membership growth. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola Marymount University.
The $1.2 billion, 98,000-member Numerica Credit Union of Spokane, Wash., recently announced that Derek Brownson has joined the credit union as a business services relationship officer. Brownson has 15 years of experience in the finance industry, most recently as vice president of business banking for Bank of the West in Kennewick, Wash. Brownson graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education with an emphasis on social science. Brownson is also on the board of directors for Eastern Washington University Alumni Association and Pasco Chamber of Commerce.
The $160 million, 18,000-member Wauna Credit Union in Clatskanie, Ore., has chosen John Moore as its new vice president of lending. Since 2005, Moore has held the position of vice president-community manager for the Clatskanie Sterling Savings Bank, where his responsibilities included overseeing several branches as a regional manager. He also was also employed with Washington Mutual as a personal banker, a branch manager, and area manager. Moore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Western Oregon State College in 1994.
The $670 million, 60,000-member Ventura County Credit Union in Ventura, Calif., has hired Mark Ross as their new vice president of technology. Ross previously held the position as vice president of information technology at the $251 million, 15,000-member Burbank City Federal Credit Union in Burbank, Calif., where he also served for 12 years as a webmaster and programmer. Ross graduated from Pepperdine University’s undergraduate program with degrees in journalism and political science, and went on to achieve his MBA with an emphasis in finance. Prior to working at BCFCU, Ross produced web content for the Ventura County Star.
The $340 million, 13,000-member TopLine Federal Credit Union in Maple Grove, Minn., announced it has hired Dan Schultz as the director of training. He joins TopLine from the $597 million, 64,000-member Spire Federal Credit Union in Falcon Heights, Minn. Schultz started his career in financial services as a personal banker with Wells Fargo and worked at the $399 million, 38,000-member City & County Credit Union in Saint Paul, Minn., as a member service consultant before joining Spire in 2006. Most recently, Schultz was the service quality specialist at Spire and brings experience in developing and implementing sales training through classroom and remote delivery methods as well as developing and managing leadership curriculum. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
The $55 million, 6,900-member OU Federal Credit Union in Norman, Okla., has selected a as the organization’s new president/CEO In her last position, Hudzinski had been senior vice president/COO at the $159 million, 32,600-member First Flight Federal Credit Union. Shannon was instrumental in implementing strategic growth plans and creating a successful e-service platform for the credit union. Hudzinski holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi, a M.S from the University of Toledo and a B.S. from Western Michigan University.
The $1.5 billion ORNL Federal Credit Union of Oak Ridge, Tenn. announced Cissi Reagan will transition to the newly created position of assistant vice president of mortgage. In this new role, Reagan will be primarily responsible for the day to day operations of the overall mortgage department within the credit union’s mortgage lending CUSO, CU Community, LLC.
Reagan has been a member of the ORNL Federal Credit Union team for more than 19 years, working her way up from teller to most recently assistant vice president of sales and service. She completed Southeast CUNA Management School’s three-year program in June 2011.