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John Zmolek, CEO of the $689.9 million, Seattle-based Verity Credit Union, will retire on April 14 after seven years as Verity’s CEO. Zmolek spent 31 years with Verity, first as a board member and then in several different executive roles before being named CEO in 2014. As CEO, Zmolek targeted lending programs that have a positive impact on the environment, affordable housing and serving the underserved. He also led Verity as it became one of only 11 financial institutions in the U.S. and 65 in the world to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Zmolek currently serves on the GSBA Advisory Board, is the vice chair of Business Impact Northwest, is on the board of YouthCare, and is a trustee and chair of the Staff Parish Relationship Committee with Wallingford United Methodist Church.
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Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.
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