Midwesterners Make Moves: People
The Midwest led the credit union industry in career activity during the first week of 2015. The $2.9 billion Wright-Patt Credit Union in Beavercreek, Ohio, announced that its retail mortgage director was named president of Dayton’s mortgage bankers association. Alan Bergstrom, who formerly managed CUNA Mutual Group’s TruStage brand before founding his own firm, was named chief marketing officer at the $526 million Community Choice Credit Union in Farmington Hills, Mich.
On the other end of the asset spectrum, the $19.4 million MSU Federal Credit Union in Murray, Ky., promoted two employees to management positions. Read more credit union career news below.
Katie Armstrong, pictured at left, joined the $203 million Boston Firefighters Credit Union in Dorchester, Mass. as its vice president of finance. Armstrong, a CPA, most recently worked at the Admirals Bank in Boston. She also served as an auditor with Wolf and Co. P.C. where she focused on financial institutions.
Melissa Pomeroy was appointed project manager in the business application support department at the $817 million St. Mary’s Bank in Manchester, N.H. She holds more than 15 years of project management experience and recently worked at Crankfrog LLC as principal program management specialist in Wash., D.C.
The $526 million Community Choice Credit Union in Farmington Hills, Mich., appointed Alan Bergstrom as chief marketing officer. He brings more than 20 years of experience leading consumer and business-to-business initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Bergstrom founded the Brand Consultancy where he pioneered the concept of internal branding, according to Community Choice CU. He also served as the director of brand and creative services at CUNA Mutual Group where he managed the TruStage brand.
Andrew Barriger, pictured at left, was hired as vice president at the $81 million North Star Community Credit Union in Cherokee, Iowa. He has more than 27 years of experience in the credit union industry with experience in the areas of lending, business development, sales and service, and credit union operations and has worked at cooperatives in Michigan, Florida, and most recently, Texas.
Dave Von Derau, director of retail mortgages for the $2.9 billion Wright-Patt Credit Union in Beavercreek, Ohio, was named 2015 president of the Dayton Mortgage Bankers Association. He brings more than 20 years of mortgage lending experience to his new leadership position. For nearly five years, he managed WPCU’s online and member center mortgage loan volume and worked with mortgage loan originators, real estate agents, and builders.
The $2.7 billion Michigan State University Federal Credit Union in East Lansing, Mich., announced the promotions of Kyle Wright to adjustments manager and Russ Waligorski to consumer loans operations assistant manager. Wright joined MSUFCU in 2012 and worked previously as the consumer loan operations assistant manager. Waligorski began at the cooperative in June 2010 and previously served as a loan services specialist.
After 28 years of service, Edmund Jiongco retired last month as chief financial officer of the Fort Community Credit Union in Fort Atkinson, Wis. He played an instrumental role in the growth of the credit union from its $18 million in assets in 1987 when Jiongco joined the cooperative to its $203 million in assets in 2014. He also implemented Fort Community CU’s first debit card program, coordinated the construction of new branches and facilitated the financial accounting for several mergers.
United Federal Credit Union President/CEO Gary Easterling was named Credit Union Professional of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. The award recognizes an individual whose leadership and accomplishments have bettered the credit union and the credit union industry. During his tenure, he grew UFCU’s membership to more than 130,000 and the credit union’s assets to $1.7 billion. Under his leadership, UFCU acquired Griffith Savings Bank in Griffith, Ind., in 2012, which marked the first time a federally-chartered credit union bought the assets of a state-chartered mutual savings bank, according to the Michigan league.
The $1.7 billion University Federal Credit Union in Austin named Dania Dakour as senior manager, member services. Dakour, shown at left, joined UFCU in 2010 and most recently served as a UFCU regional manager.
The $998 million Columbia Credit Union in Vancouver, Wash., hired Art Newby as senior vice president, chief information officer. He most recently served as a chief technology officer for a large California financial Institution. Newby also worked as an IT manager for an international oil and gas company, and as an IT regional manager for an Oregon computer and electronics service provider.
Neil Farnes, a 12-year professional in the real estate/financial services industry, joined the $885 million Oregon State Credit Union in Corvallis. He previously worked at several national banks as a mortgage loan officer and most recently at Fidelity National Title Company.
The board of directors of the National Credit Union Foundation announced new board members: Bill Cheney, president/CEO of the $10.4 billion SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in Santa Ana, Calif., Patrick La Pine, president/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates in Tallahassee, Fla., and Larry Middleman, president/CEO of CU Business Group, LLC in Portland, Ore. Cheney filled a vacant board seat. Middleman took a seat recently held by John Gregoire, president of the ProCon Group in Madison, Wis. La Pine is the American Association of Credit Union Leagues representative, replacing NCUF Vice Chairman John Radebaugh, president/CEO of the Carolinas Credit Union League in Greensboro, N.C. who was not eligible to serve another term. Also re-elected were Edwin Williams, president/CEO of the $128 million Discovery Federal Credit Union in Wyomissing, Pa.; Laida Garcia, president/CEO of the $386 million Florida Central Credit Union in Tampa, Fla., and Christopher Roe, senior vice president, corporate & legislative affairs of the CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wis.