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In May 1978, a 19-year-old John Deese began his career at the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Guardians Credit Union as its manager. Soon after, while attending college, Deese was named Guardian’s president/CEO. Forty-four years later, on Dec. 31, 2022, Deese stepped down to begin his new life in retirement.

In a statement on Wednesday from Guardians ($303 million in assets, 35,909 members) announcing Desse’s retirement, the credit union said it is actively searching for its next leader.

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Michael Ogden

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