Freedom Federal, TDECU, Fort Bragg Promote Staff
Investments in development of top talent paid off as many credit unions promoted from within.
In addition, Vantage West Credit Union President/CEO Robert D. Ramirez was appointed to the supervisory committee at Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union.
On the next few pages you'll learn more about executives who were on the move this past week.
Robert D. Ramirez, president/CEO of the $1.5 billion Vantage West Credit Union in Tucson, Ariz., has been appointed to the supervisory committee at the $2.6 billion Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union in Plano, Texas. Ramirez is the fifth member of the supervisory committee, replacing current committee member Steven Devan, president/CEO of the $102 million East County Schools Federal Credit Union in El Cajon, Calif.
The $1.3 billion Whitefish Credit Union in Whitefish, Mont., promoted Scott Blodgett to business loan officer. Blodgett has spent more than 13 years in the financial services industry, most recently as the credit union’s senior credit officer. He has also worked as a business loan underwriter, business banking relationship manager and credit manager in a credit management group.
The $1.1 billion Columbia Credit Union in Vancouver, Wash., hired Wendi Dahlberg as vice president and branch manager of the Washougal branch. Dahlberg is now responsible for overseeing branch staff and operations to ensure goals for production, sales and service, and member market growth are met. Dahlberg has 18 years of experience working at financial institutions, including seven years in leadership roles.
The $1.4 billion America’s First Federal Credit Union in Birmingham, Ala., hired Kyle McDougal as brand management officer. McDougal will be tasked with leading the marketing and branding team within AFFCU. He will focus on bringing awareness of the credit union to the community and use the relationships built in the community to effectively market and further brand AFFCU.
The $384 million Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union in Fort Bragg, N.C., promoted Todd Kenthack to succeed David G. Elliott as president/CEO. Elliott is retiring Aug. 31, 2016 after 45 years in the financial industry. He began working at Fort Bragg FCU in January 1989 and was promoted to president/CEO in April 1996. Kenthack has spent the majority of the past 27 years in the credit union industry in New Jersey, California and the Carolinas. He joined the credit union in 2012 as part of its senior management team.
The $2.9 billion TDECU in Lake Jackson, Texas promoted Kerri Wikoff to regional vice president. Wikoff will be responsible for overseeing the member centers in the west Houston area. Wikoff has spent the past five years as a member center manager. She brings more than 20 years of business and consumer banking expertise to the position.
The $282 million Freedom Federal Credit Union in Bel Air, Md., promoted Michael MacPherson to president/CEO. MacPherson moved into the interim CEO role last October after serving as COO of the credit union. In his career at the credit union, MacPherson has led efforts to increase member service and satisfaction, enhance business development and product innovation, as well as improve processes and efficiencies.
Coastal Outsourced Solutions, a subsidiary of the $690 million First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union in Fairhaven, Mass., appointed Margie Henderson as director of market development. In her role, Henderson will be responsible for the development of Coastal’s indirect lending dealer programs and initiatives, while facilitating communication between the Coastal staff, client institutions and dealers.
The $1.6 billion Numerica Credit Union in Spokane Valley, Wash., hired two employees and promoted another. Troy Clute was hired as vice president of the home loan center. He will oversee lending mortgage sales and operations in Spokane, North Idaho, Wenatchee Valley and the Tri-Cities. Clute was most recently employed by Mountain West Bank where he was a real estate manager. He brings more than 19 years of experience to the position.
Lisa Nelson was hired as a business development manager in the Tri-Cities. In her new position, she will be working with business partners and special interest groups to help support overall credit union initiatives. Nelson was most recently at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce where she oversaw events.
Neilan McPartland was promoted to branch manager at the Richland branch. He has been employed by Numerica since 2013 and was previously the branch manager for the Pasco branch. Neilan has more than seven years of experience in the finance industry and is a graduate of Washington State University.
The $6.6 billion Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Bethpage, N.Y., appointed two prominent Long Islanders to significant roles at the financial institution.
Adam Silvers, managing partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., has been appointed to the Bethpage supervisory committee. Silvers will support Bethpage’s adherence to the NCUA objectives and activities, monitoring policies and procedures and offering recommendations to safeguard the credit union’s assets.
Juan Vides, founder/CEO of TechACS, has been appointed to associate director of the board of directors. Vides will aid and assist Bethpage in meeting its financial, corporate and government policies and obligations.