CO-OP, First Community CU Hire Executives
Leaders in the credit union industry kept busy during the start of the holiday season by hiring new executives, making promotions, awarding outstanding employees and making board member appointments. Check out the latest People news here.
The $1.9 billion Vantage West Financial Credit Union in Tucson, Ariz., announced Christian Martinez, financial advisor was recently named MEMBERS Insurance and Investments Financial Advisor of the Month by CUNA Mutual Group. As a registered representative with CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc., Martinez specializes in retirement planning, wealth management, financial planning and risk management.
The $11.3 billion Golden 1 Credit Union in Sacramento, Calif., announced Samantha Lui joined the board of directors.
Lui serves as the assistant secretary for the State of California Health and Human Services Agency. As a governor-appointee, she provides fiscal and policy recommendations to the secretary of HHSA. Lui brings a background in budget and fiscal policy to her position on Golden 1’s board of directors.
The $1 billion St. Mary’s Bank in Manchester, N.H., promoted Lisa Viau to SVP, director of operations.
Viau (pictured) joined St. Mary’s Bank in 2001 and has overseen the credit union’s member contact center, internet banking and training teams. She also leads the retail operations committee to enhance operational processes and member experience.
J. Marvin Hawk, chairman of the board of directors at the $1.4 billion Fort Knox Federal Credit Union inRadcliff, Ky., was selected as the CUES 2017 Distinguished Director and recognized at the CUES Directors Conference. Hawk has been a credit union volunteer since 1978 and a board member since 1981, serving several terms as chairman, vice chairman, treasurer and secretary. He was inducted into the Defense Credit Union Council Hall of Honor in 2016 and received the Steve Brody Outstanding Volunteer Award for the State of Kentucky in 2011.
The $348 million Catholic Federal Credit Union in Saginaw, Mich., named Penny Mitchell the 2017 Deborah L. Frisch Employee of the Year. Annually, credit union management staff selects one employee who has displayed exceptional work performance, service to the membership and dedication to the credit union’s goals. Mitchell has been employed at Catholic Federal for 18 years and is currently a specialist in the credit union’s accounting department.
The $137 million First Community Credit Union in Beloit, Wis., hired Ryan Miller as EVP of operations. Miller joins FirstCCU with 11 years of experience in the finance industry. Previously he served at the $124 million Parker Community Credit Union for three years as EVP and CFO. Prior to working at PCCU he was a federal regulator at the NCUA for seven years.
The $541 million Crane Credit Union in Odon, Ind., promoted Marissa Lynch to human resources manager. Her primary responsibility will be training new employees and improving the overall training program for the credit union. Lynch began her career at Crane in 2009 as a frontline staff team member. In 2011, she was promoted to the assistant branch manager position, and became the branch manager at the Bedford branch in 2014.
CO-OP Financial Services hired Dean Michaels as head of corporate development and strategic partnerships. Michaels brings extensive corporate development background and expertise in the arena of payments technology and networks. He will work closely with the executive management team to make determinations on partnership development, mergers and acquisitions, and in identifying areas of growth via strategic investment. Prior to joining CO-OP, Michaels held leadership roles at First Data Corporation, including head of business execution for STAR Network and head of finance for First Data’s U.S. Merchant Acquiring Business.
LenderSelect Mortgage Group hired Susan Whitener as account executive for the Carolinas and surrounding markets. Whitener has been in the mortgage industry since 1998 and is driven by a strong sense of community. She is dedicated to helping community banks and credit unions offer the finest products and services to their members. Whitener is focused on providing financial institutions with a single source mortgage lender, and has developed new systems and workflows to improve efficiencies and accelerate growth.
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