Credit Union Leaders Honored: People
The $617 million First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union in Fairhaven, Mass., announced the appointment of John P. Santos, III to the position of vice president of commercial lending. For 20 years, he worked as a commercial loan officer at regional and community banks, and for 10 years, he served as a consultant for small businesses.
W. Paul Mooney was hired as vice president of investment services and retirement solutions for the $1.2 billion Empower Federal Credit Union in Syracuse, N.Y. He is affiliated as a broker dealer and registered investment adviser with CUSO Financial Services LP in San Diego, Calif. Mooney holds more than 25 years of experience providing investment services to families and businesses.
The $573 million LAFCU in Lansing, Mich., said it promoted three executives. LouAnn Keitchen and Tom Lawrence are now vice presidents of lending services, and Kimberly Austin is assistant vice president of card services. Keitchen joined the cooperative 28 years ago as a loan interviewer and most recently served as assistant vice president of lending services. Lawrence held various staff and management positions in his 30-year career with LAFCU. Most recently, he was assistant vice president of lending in charge of indirect lending. Austin joined the credit union 22 years ago and most recently served as plastic card and collection manager.
The $2 billion Summit Credit Union in Madison, Wis. appointed Jeff Morey, Lindsay Pelletier and Ben Rogers as branch managers. Before he joined Summit, Morey was regional manager for Cricket Wireless, where he led the Midwest division for the national retailer. Pelletier was hired by Summit in 2014 as an assistant branch manager and also worked at U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo in both teller and leadership roles. Rogers was a military relationship specialist and branch manager at U.S. Bank in Milwaukee and served as branch manager at the $389 million Blackhawk Community Credit Union in Janesville, Wis.
Two Minnesota credit union president/CEOs, Steve Ahlness and Bill Raker, were inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in Washington, D.C., an honor that recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the credit union movement. Ahlness, who passed away March 10, led the Greater Minnesota Credit Union in Mora for nearly 37 years and grew it from one branch and $1.5 million in assets to six branches and $150 million in assets. Greater Minnesota CU merged into the $777 million Spire Credit Union in Falcon Heights earlier this year. Raker, president/CEO of the $981 million US Federal Credit Union in Burnsville, received many national credit union recognitions for lending, marketing and community service.
Derek Saidak was appointed as vice president of member business services at the $1.6 billion ORNL Federal Credit Union in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Prior to joining ORNL FCU, Saidak served as senior vice president of commercial lending at TNBank.
Mark Mabry, market manager at the $680 million Member One Federal Credit Union in Christiansburg, Tenn., was named as an ambassador for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. The MCCC ambassador team supports the chamber staff by working on new member recruitment and current member retention. Mabry joined Member One FCU in February 2009 as an assistant branch manager in Fairlawn and became market manager last year.
The $4 billion Ent Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs, Colo. announced the promotions of Keri Gass and Matthew Davidson to the positions of mortgage loan officers. Gass joined the credit union 11 years ago and most recently worked on the consumer lending team. Davidson's 17-year career with Ent FCU includes previous roles as a lending specialist and lending center supervisor.
Geoff Lundfelt was promoted to executive vice president and chief operations officer at the $5.7 billion Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in Anchorage. He held a variety of positions during his 17 years with Alaska USA, most recently serving as chief operations officer. Lundfelt replaced Robert Rylander who recently retired after a 40-year career with Alaska USA.