New CEOs for the New Year
The New Year ushers in new CEOs at credit unions in North Dakota, California, Washington, Massachusetts and Ohio.
On January 1, Barb Messner became the second president/CEO of the Community Credit Union in New Rockford, N.D.
Messner's predecessor, Marvel Ebenhahn, retired after 65 years of service. She became Community CU's first president/CEO in 1952. Under her leadership, the credit union grew from $18,000 in assets to its current $163 million in assets. Membership also grew from 250 members to 5,328.
“Marvel has been a mentor and inspiration for many credit union leaders throughout the decades here in North Dakota,” Jeff Olson, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas said. “Not only does she embody the cooperative spirit of putting members first, she really epitomizes our wonderful, traditional ‘small town’ rural values of faith, family, community and hard work.”
The $605 million First City Credit Union named Jim Miller to succeed President/CEO Terry O’Steen, who is retiring after more than 20 years of service at the Los Angeles-based credit union that has more than 57,000 members.
Miller was the credit union's executive vice president and chief financial officer for eight years.
Prior to joining First City CU, Miller was the senior vice president of finance and administration at the $3.1 billion Mission Federal Credit Union in San Diego. He also worked as vice president and chief financial officer for the $2.2 billion Provident Credit Union in Redwood City, Calif.
Marilyn Brink was named president/CEO of the $224 million North Coast Credit Union in Bellingham, Wash.
Brink succeeded Terry Belcoe who died in September from cancer.
“Marilyn began her career with North Coast 14 years ago as chief financial officer and quickly became responsible for branch and lending operations,” Randall J. Watts, North Coast CU board chair, said. “Marilyn's collaborative management style and open door policy has earned her the respect and admiration of her staff. Under her leadership North Coast has become and will remain a service driven organization devoted to North Coast members.”
The credit union serves more than 17,000 members.
Kate Alexander was appointed interim president/CEO of the $174 million Southbridge Credit Union in Southbridge, Mass.
She is replacing Jeff Davenport, who stepping down to resume a previous role with CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wis.
In May, Alexander became chief sales and retail officer for SCU, which serves more than 11,000 members. Prior to joining the credit union, she worked for nearly 10 years at Southbridge Savings Bank, serving in various capacities related to sales, training, and marketing and was promoted to vice president.
The $67 million CommStar Credit Union in Elyria, Ohio, announced David Jezewski will become its new president/CEO in the spring following the retirement of current President/CEO Ernie Jackson.
Jackson, who served as the credit union's CEO since 2000, is scheduled to retire in April after a 19-year career in the credit union industry. Under his leadership, Jackson grew CommStar CU through several mergers and three new branch openings. The credit union serves more than 9,500 members.
Jezewski brings more than 14 years of experience to the credit union. He currently serves as CommStar's director of business development, a position he has held since 2012. He previously served as CommStar's board chair for 10 years.