Credit Unions Reveal Promotions, Hires, Honors
This week, credit unions across the nation hired seven new people and promoted five executives. One credit union announced the retirement of a CEO, while another cooperative and a vendor named new board chairs, and four people were honored for their contributions to the credit union movement.
Fran Fritz was named vice president of lending for the $254 million Sussex County Federal Credit Union in Seaford, Del. With nearly 29 years of professional experience, she previously held executive positions with the $254 million USX Federal Credit Union in Cranberry Township, Pa. and the $161 million Department of Interior Federal Credit Union in Wash., D.C.
The $397 million People’s Credit Union in Middletown, R.I. named Julia Weinand as its indirect relationship officer. With 10 years of auto financial service experience, she previously worked for Hurd Auto Mall as its finance and insurance business manager.
The $600 million Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo, Mich. hired Betsy Loeks as a marketing project coordinator and Kris McWilliams as a mortgage loan officer. Loeks previously worked for Kinexus, a regional economic development organization. McWilliams previously served as a loan officer for Lake Pacor Home Mortgage.
The $3.7 billion Lake Michigan Credit Union promoted Glen Goen to vice president, creative director and Matt Cook to assistant vice president, community relations. At the Grand Rapid, Mich.-based credit union, Goen previously worked as a marketing manager, marketing director and creative director. Cook previously served as an assistant branch manager at Lake Michigan CU. The cooperative also announced that it hired Lauren Zielinski as an assistant media buyer. She most recently served as a marketing manager for IT consultancy Coretek Services.
The $247 million Houston Texas Fire Fighters Federal Credit Union board of directors announced Clint Hartmann will retire in March 2016 as president/CEO after 12 years of service. He joined the cooperative in 2004. Under Hartmann’s leadership, Houston Texas Fire Fighters FCU grew its assets from $165 million in 2004 to $247 million in 2015. He also advanced the credit union’s technology-based capabilities and product offerings.
The $212 million Argent Credit Union in Chester, Va., announced Gary D. Miller was elected chair of its board of directors, which was previously held by Betty Moore Beverly since 2010. Beverly, a 15-year volunteer, continues to serve on the board. An Argent volunteer since 2012, Miller previously served as an associate director, board director and board secretary.
The $9.1 billion Golden 1 Credit Union in Sacramento, Calif. hired Dustin Luton as senior vice president, chief financial officer and Vicki Brackett as vice president, member service contact center. Luton most recently served as president/CEO of Simplicity Bank, which was recently acquired by HomeStreet Bank. Brackett served as a director for a contact center at a Fortune 500 corporation.
The $1.5 billion Elevations Credit Union in Boulder, Colo. promoted Kim Felton to senior vice president of retail banking and Gary Kindle to senior vice president of operations.
Courtnay Lynch, vice president of human resources for the $933 million Xceed Financial Credit Union in El Segundo, Calif. was honored last month with the HR Professional of the Year Award by the HRD Network, an organization of credit union human resources and training professionals in California and other western states. She received the award for her exceptional performance and effectiveness as an HR professional, as well as her commitment and dedication to the highest moral and ethical standards.
The $3.7 billion Kinecta Federal Credit Union promoted Bob Lane to first vice president, general counsel for the Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based cooperative.
Melanie Walsh was promoted to senior vice president of human resources at the $13.6 billion BECU in Tukwila, Wash. She joined BECU 26 years ago leading several areas of the credit union. Previously, Walsh was the vice president of BECU’s servicing, retail and contact centers. She also served as vice president of member care and director of member service support.
The Montana Credit Union League honored Tom Boos, president/CEO of the $120 million Billings Federal Credit Union, as the 2015 professional of the year. In addition to working at the credit union for more than 30 years, he served as a board member for the league’s board, CUsource and other community organizations. In addition, the Montana league named Mitch Martin as the 2015 Mitch Reed Volunteer of the Year. He served as a volunteer for four decades for the former Montana Air National Guard Credit Union, which is now the $62 million Russell Country Federal Credit Union in Great Falls. The league also honored Mickey Kunnary with the 2015 Philosophy in Action Award. For 10 years, Kunnary organized an annual fundraising event for Montana Credit Unions for Community Development, the charitable arm of the league.
David Brock, president/CEO of the $505 million Community Credit Union of Florida in Rockledge was elected chair of the board of directors for Card Services for Credit Unions, a payment solutions provider in Tampa. He replaced Rod Staatz, president/CEO of the $2.9 billion State Employees Credit Union of Maryland who completed his term as board chair and will continue to serve on the CSCU board. In addition, Barry Shaner, president/CEO of $628 million Directions Credit Union in Sylvania, Ohio was elected CSCU board vice chair.