Credit Unions Reveal Hires, Retirements
Credit unions, particularly in the Midwest and South, were busy this week with new hires and promotions as well as CEO retirement announcements.
Illinois Educators Credit Union President/CEO Gene Taylor is retiring after 38 years of service. He was hired by the Springfield-based IECU (then known as Springfield Teachers’ Credit Union) in 1977 as an assistant business manager while he was working as a high school teacher. In 1980, he became president/CEO, and in 1983, he left teaching to make the credit union his full-time career. Under Taylor’s leadership, IECU grew assets from about $1 million in 1977 to $50 million today. Membership also increased from approximately 800 members to more than 7,100.
The $562 million Marine Credit Union hired Christina Tessmer as a compliance manager. She joined the La Crosse, Wis.-based cooperative from the $1.1 billion CoVantage Credit Union in Antigo, Wis., where she served as a compliance officer.
The $452 million Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union in Battle Creek, Mich. hired Macy Skrzypek as a sales assistant for its investment services department. She previously served as a teller.
Kelli A. Ellsworth, vice president of community and business development for the $593 million LAFCU in Lansing, Mich., was elected to the Lansing Community College Foundation board of directors.
The $555 million Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union in Pensacola, Fla. announced three new hires. John Rood joined the credit union as vice president of finance and controller. He holds more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Jennifer Newbury was hired as an assistant vice president and regional sales manager. And Grace Perz joined the cooperative as a financial service representative. She holds more than 40 years of management experience in the banking and semiconductor industries.
The $3.4 billion Space Coast Credit Union promoted Shane Hoyle to director of retail services. Hoyle joined the Melbourne, Fla.-based cooperative in February 2012 as the branch manager.
Neighbors Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge, La. announced Kathi Gill is retiring as president/CEO after more than 34 years of service. She worked her way through the ranks as a teller, branch manager and executive vice president, becoming president/CEO in 2008. Since that time, Neighbors has more than doubled in asset size to $732 million. She oversaw three mergers, added six new branch locations, mortgage lending and business services offices, two school branches and introduced the cooperative’s mobile technology service.
Frank Carter (pictured), president/CEO of the $712 million Member One Federal Credit Union in Roanoke, Va., was elected to the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy board of trustees.
Rick Green joined the $381 million Global Credit Union in Spokane, Wash. as vice president of member business lending. He previously worked in the appraisal business as well as asset based lending, and managed commercial lending portfolios and structured financing for real estate projects throughout the U.S.
Members of the African American Credit Union Coalition elected one new board member, Adrian S. Johnson, senior vice president/CFO of $1.2 billion MECU in Baltimore, and re-elected incumbent Tonita Webb, chief administrative officer of the $632 million Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union in Seattle. The coalition also selected its executive officers, Timothy L. Anderson, president/CEO of the $38.7 million GPO Federal Credit Union in Washington, as chair; Mark S. Brantley, board member of the $2.1 billion Municipal Credit Union in New York, as vice chair; Tonita Webb as secretary and Adrian S. Johnson as treasurer.
Lynn Heckler, executive vice president of talent for PSCU, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based CUSO, was recognized by the HR Florida State Council as 2015 HR Professional of the Year. The award recognizes a human resource leader who has advanced the profession in a significant way.
Anthony Montgomery was named CEO of CUProdigy, a core software CUSO in Layton, Utah. He holds more than 20 years of leadership experience in the technology and financial services industry. Montgomery replaced Charlie Fulks who stepped down as CEO after 24 years of service.
Rahul Nawab, founder of credit union data analytics firm IQR Consulting, was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the financial services category by Entrepreneur Magazine at the publication’s 2015 Entrepreneur India Awards.
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