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The $1 billion Hanscom Federal Credit Union, located on Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, named Mike Rzeszutek as its new sales manager for the retail team. In this newly created leadership position, Rzeszutek is responsible for evaluating, designing and developing sales and service training programs. His role is to help staff understand and convey the benefits of the Hanscom's products and services.
Previously, Rzeszutek worked in mortgages at Aegis Lending and Argent Mortgage, and as a branch manager at Baxter Credit Union, where he more than doubled consumer loan sales while increasing member growth by 20%.
Matthew Piazza, president/CEO of the $96 million Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union of Hunt Valley, Md., was named to the Baltimore Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list. Earlier this year, Piazza, 30, was promoted from chief financial officer, which he told BBJ was his big break. Since AFFCU's existence, he is the youngest CEO to hold the top spot.
The $1.4 billion Indiana Members Credit Union, located in Indianapolis, announced that Tara Turner joined the organization as a business development officer. In her new role, Turner will assist IMCU by overseeing and servicing new and existing member relationships on the east side and downtown Indianapolis, as well as actively promote and involve IMCU with the local community. Turner, a graduate of Indiana University, brings eight years of experience in the financial industry to her position.
Joe Bigley has been promoted to the position of secondary mortgage market manager at the $1.6 billion United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, Mich. Bigley will manage the interest rate risk and loan quality of UFCU's residential real estate portfolio. He was previously a secondary mortgage market specialist at UFCU, and had previously served in senior financial analyst and commercial loan underwriter positions at the credit union. Bigley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The $76 million Hopewell Federal Credit Union of Heath, Ohio, welcomed Rusty Young as the new business development and branch manager of its Newark location. Rusty spent the past 23 years with Telhio Credit Union, and during his lengthy tenure with the organization, held a host of diverse positions including teller, loan officer, business development officer, corporate trainer and branch manager.
The $2.5 billion MSU Federal Credit Union of East Lansing, Mich., announced the promotions of Justin Drwencke to assistant manager at its Union branch and Jenny Smith to assistant manager at its East Lansing branch.
Drwencke has worked for MSUFCU since August 2012. After completing the credit union's Management Development program, he was promoted to assistant manager of MSUFCU's downtown Lansing branch before taking on his new role. Drwencke holds a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary humanities, with concentrations in mathematics, gender studies, and professional writing, from Michigan State University. Smith has been with MSUFCU since July of 2006, and was previously a mortgage loan officer before being accepted into MSUFCU's Management Development Program. Smith holds a masters of arts in organizational leadership from Siena Heights University. She has also served on the board for the Haitian Association of Mid-Michigan, and is currently a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing and Women's Council of Realtors.
The $2.4 billion Veridian Credit Union of Waterloo, Iowa, announced that Betsy Meehan was promoted to the position of marketing strategist. Meehan has been an administrative assistant at Veridian for nearly two years. She has a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Luther College.
The $1.6 billion GTE Financial of Tampa, Fla., promoted Cisco Malpartida Smith to vice president of member strategies. After four years at Boeing Employees’ Credit Union in Seattle, Smith joined GTE Financial in 2011. During those two years, Smith successfully launched a number of student-focused initiatives. Smith is active in the Tampa Bay community, serving as a director on the board of the Hillsborough Community College Foundation, the University of Tampa's Board of Fellows, and Seattle University's Alumni Board of Governors. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University.