18 credit union professionals move into new roles
The $5.5 billion, based in Richland, Washington Caisse Populaire Gesa announced three new recruits.
David Jewell was hired as a mortgage loan officer for the Gesa’s Pullman, Washington area. Jewell brings seven years of experience in the financial services industry. In his new role, he will assist with mortgages for Gesa members in the Pullman, Moscow and Palouse, Washington markets. Jewell began his career in the Marine Corps where he served for eight years. Since then he has worked in branch banking, becoming a director of American Banking in Moscow and Colfax, Washington, and a community bank in Clarkston, Washington. In 2020, Jewell received the US Bank Legends of Possible award.
Paul Long was hired as loan officer and team leader for the Small Business Administration (SBA). Long brings over 25 years of banking experience, including 10 years in SBA lending. In his new role, Long will lead Gesa’s SBA lending team to provide commercial real estate and business acquisition loans to businesses in the Pacific Northwest. He began his career as a cashier at age 16 and has since managed several bank branches. In 2017 Long received the Small Business Lending Emerging Leader Award and in 2020 he accepted the Coleman Publishing National SBA BDO Award. He also created the region’s first annual business education event called the South Sound Business Summit.
Brooke Sexton was hired as a mortgage loan officer for the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area of Gesa. Sexton brings 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. In her new role, she will originate mortgages for Gesa members in northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Sexton began her career at Heritage Home Loans in Spokane, Washington as a processing assistant. Since then, she has held various positions at Eagle Home Mortgage, Idaho Independent Bank, Mountain West Bank, US Bank and Home Trust Financial.
The $4.3 billion, based in Folsom, Calif. SAFE credit union promoted Tiffani Vargas to the loan manager. Vargas joined SAFE in 2018 and was previously SVP for Real Estate and Consumer Lending, a role in which she was responsible for leading the mortgage division, loan servicing, collections, personal loans, financing automotive, college funding and insurance products. In her new role, she will combine these efforts and oversee SAFE’s commercial and small business lending and account services departments. Prior to joining SAFE, Vargas’ career and leadership experience in lending began in consumer finance, personal, auto and equity loan servicing, and credit card services. She then managed the sales and operations of two California mortgage companies for nearly two decades. Vargas serves on the board of First Tee of Greater Sacramento and earned an MBA from California State University, Sacramento.
The $35.8 billion, based in McLean, Va. PenFed Credit Union promoted Alicia Neon to SVP and Chief Compliance Officer. In her new role, Nealon is responsible for leading the design, implementation and monitoring of PenFed’s compliance and bank secrecy law programs. She replaces Phyllis Mariam, who retired after more than 33 years of service. Nealon joined PenFed in 2018 and was previously at Navy Federal Credit Union ($156.5 billion, Vienna, Virginia), where she advised on a wide range of regulatory matters, as well as NAFCU, where she served as headed the association’s regulatory lobbying division. She also served as a legal assistant for the NCUA.
The $1.2 billion Cobalt Credit Union in Papillion, Neb., announced six new hires.
Jamie Neelon was hired as Vice President of Sales. Neelon brings over 14 years of experience in the financial industry and over five years of professional coaching experience. Most recently, she served as a project manager and divisional performance manager at a local financial institution. In his role as a member of Cobalt’s leadership team, Neelon will oversee the development and training of Member Services employees. She holds an MBA from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb.
Jesse Wanning was hired as Vice President of Project Management. Wanning brings over 12 years of management experience, having most recently served as General Manager of a large local company. In his new role as a member of Cobalt’s leadership team, Wanning will oversee the management and evaluation of the credit union’s strategic projects and initiatives. He holds certifications for the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation and Fred Pryor Project Management.
Chasmine McIntosh was hired as Vice President of Digital Banking. McIntosh brings over six years of finance and credit union experience, having most recently served as a performance consultant and coach for a local financial institution. In his new role as a member of Cobalt’s leadership team, McIntosh will oversee the management and execution of the credit union’s strategic initiatives within digital channels. She holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH
Marc Wilkins was hired as chief financial officer. Wilkins brings over 12 years of financial and credit union experience, and over 19 years of information technology and management experience. Most recently, Wilkins served as CFO at a Utah credit union. In his new role as a member of Cobalt’s leadership team, Wilkins will oversee the management and evaluation of the credit union’s financial information and decisions. He holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Information Systems Auditor.
John Kelly was hired as director of consumer loans. Kelly brings over 14 years of loan and credit union experience, most recently serving as president and CEO of a credit union in Nevada. In her new role as a member of Cobalt’s leadership team, Kelly will oversee the credit union’s consumer lending initiatives.
mike bradley was hired as Vice President of Indirect Lending. Bradley brings over 15 years of experience in operations, sales and management within consumer finance organizations. Most recently, Bradley held the position of regional center manager for the financial services arm of a multinational automotive manufacturing company. In his new role as a member of Cobalt’s leadership team, he will oversee the management and strategic initiatives of the credit union’s indirect auto loans.
The $956 million, based in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama ONE Credit Union announced two promotions.
Shelby Grantham was promoted to Senior Director of Operations. Grantham previously served as the credit union’s controller, directing the day-to-day operations of Alabama ONE’s accounting team while overseeing the credit union’s finances and reporting to the board and membership. She joined Alabama ONE in 2015, bringing with her previous experience in large financial institutions and in the manufacturing industry.
Matt Turner has been promoted to Grantham’s previous role and will oversee accounting operations. Turner joined Alabama ONE in 2018 and worked closely with the accounting team, while leading the credit union’s treasury and strategic analysis department. In his new role, Turner handles regulatory and financial reporting, strategic planning and budgeting for the credit union. He also oversees the credit card services department of the credit union, ensuring members are satisfied with debit and credit card programs.
The Indiana Credit Union League The board elected officers and welcomed a new director at its reorganization meeting, held during the League’s annual meeting and convention on October 14.
Karen Madrypresident and CEO for the $91 million, Marion, Ind. Afena Federal Credit Union, was elected president.
Nina Bakerchairman and CEO of the $654 million, Fort Wayne, Indiana-based ProFed Credit Union was elected vice chairman.
Curry Palmerchairman and CEO of the $44 million Indianapolis-based Energy Plus Credit Union was elected secretary of the board.
Amy SinkChairman and CEO of the $1.5 billion credit union, Interra Credit Union, based in Elkhart, Indiana, was elected treasurer.
Brett RinkerChairman and CEO of the $85 million, Muncie, Indiana-based Thrive Federal Credit Union was elected to a three-year term on the board.
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