- Episode 16: November 27, 2020
Bill Lawton, CEO, Bill Lawton, CEO, Community Financial Credit Union
Bill joined Community Financial in 1975 and has spent the last 45 years serving a variety of positions, including Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, before becoming CEO in 2004. Since 1985, along with his own growth as a leader, the credit union has grown from $75 million in assets to more than $1 billion.
Bill is also highly engaged in both the larger Michigan credit union community and the Plymouth community. He currently serves as a board member for CU Solutions Group, Plymouth Community Arts Council, Detroit Cristo Rey High School and Kiwanis, and has previously served on the board of the Community Foundation of Plymouth.
- Episode 15: November 13, 2020
Brad Bergmooser, CEO, Financial Plus Credit Union
Brad became CEO of Financial Plus Credit Union in January, 2020. Headquartered in Flint, Michigan, FPCU serves over 55,000 members through its branch network and digital banking channels. Brad works with the credit union team and its Board of Directors to continue its mission of delivering trusted, technologically forward, and easily-accessible financial services to the communities it serves. Prior to returning home to Michigan, the Monroe native most recently served as Vice President and General Counsel of Illinois-based Baxter Credit Union.
Brad holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Western Michigan University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
- Episode 14: November 6, 2020
Connie Toensing, CEO, Chippewa County Credit Union
Ms. Toensing got her start in the workforce in the fast-food industry at the age of 16. After five years of swing shifts, nights, weekends and a newborn son, she decided to look for a bookkeeping job. Connie truly grew with the business. Starting in 1984, the credit union was 1 million in assets and she worked in every area of the credit union. Today at 33 million in assets you still may see her shoveling snow from the sidewalk. In 1997, when her boss retired from the credit union, Connie was promoted to CEO and became active in the UP Chapter immediately and she has served on the UP-Executive committee ever since. For the past five years she has represented the UP Chapter on the MCUL Board of Directors.
Connie lives with her husband, Fred, on 20 acres of hardwood trees. With their combined families she have two sons, one stepdaughter and one stepson. They have four grandsons and one granddaughter.
- Episode 13: October 30, 2020
Anita Fox, Director, Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services
Ms. Fox practiced law in Washington DC and Michigan, managing complex litigation in federal and state courts and providing advice and counsel to individuals and businesses on a broad range of topics. She has lectured in the U.S. and abroad, in addition to teaching Insurance Law at Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Fox was inducted into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and recognized by Lawyers’ Weekly as a 2014 Women in the Law honoree. She has also served in a staff advisory role on several U.S. Presidential campaigns and was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve as board member and legal counsel for several charitable foundations.
In January 2019 Anita G. Fox was appointed to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Cabinet as the Director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
- Episode 12: October 23, 2020
Michael Goad, CEO, Dow Chemical Employees' Credit Union
Michael started in banking at Miami's SunBank in 1988 as a Financial Analyst and Fed Funds Trader. He has since served as the CFO of Cornerstone University and two sister community banks (The Bank of Holland/The Bank of Northern Michigan). Michael moved into the credit union world when he served as the CFO of Lake Michigan Credit Union and then the CFO of Notre Dame FCU, where he also had the opportunity to teach a finance class at the University. Michael joined Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union in January of 2018 as CFO and became CEO on April 1, 2020.
- Episode 11: October 16, 2020
Scott McFarland, CEO, Honor Credit Union
Scott has been the CEO of Honor Credit Union for 12 years and has been working in the credit union industry since 1989 after his Mom helped get him a job as a floating teller while in college at a local branch. Since joining the Honor Credit Union team as CEO in 2008, the organization has seen strong and steady growth even during challenging economic times. Scott credits the growth in the organization to a loyal member base, a progressive and supportive Board of Directors, and the great people that make up Team Honor!
He lives this philosophy through volunteer work, community activism, political action, and involvement as a Board Member at CU*Answers and CUSG, as well many other local community boards and volunteer organizations.
- Episode 10: October 9, 2020
Andy Kempf, CEO, 4Front Credit Union
Andy Kempf is CEO of 4Front Credit Union, headquartered in Traverse City Michigan. Andy began his career as a commercial lender with Comerica Bank before finding his way into the credit union family more than 20 years ago. Andy is very active in the credit union community. He has been involved in credit union chapters for much of his career. He is currently an alternate director of the MCUL and has been on the executive committee of the Paul Bunyan Chapter for the past seven years, where he has served as chairperson of the chapter for the past few years
Andy is married and has a daughter currently attending Grand Valley State University and a son who is a junior in High School. In his free time he spends a lot of time outdoors golfing, hiking, skiing, and boating
- Episode 9: October 2, 2020
Dean Trudeau, CEO, Public Service Credit Union
Dean Trudeau began his career with Public Service Credit Union (previously Wayne County Credit Union) in 1984 as a part-time computer technician and operator. He quickly advanced to Operations Manager, COO, Vice President and became President/CEO in 1994 at the age of 36. Dean regularly attends legislative meetings and events as a strong advocate for Credit Unions and their members. He has served in many charitable causes and encourages staff involvement in the communities they serve.
Dean loves boating and water sports–especially with friends and family. He has been married to his wife Laura for 39 years and they have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Together they love to travel and have been to 45 states, over 30 countries and 6 continents.
- Episode 8: September 25, 2020 | Download MP3
Karen Church, CEO, ELGA Credit Union
Karen was introduced to the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” working a co-op position at ELGA Credit Union her senior year in high school. She returned to ELGA Credit Union in 1978 to further develop her credit union career and was named CEO in 1993. Karen has seen ELGA Credit Union grow from a one branch, $3 million dollar credit union with five employees, to nearly a billion, thirteen branch credit union employing 240 associates.
She grew up the eldest of seven children, has been blessed with a great marriage to Duane for the past 42 years, and has two terrific children, both Michigan State University alumni. She is also a devoted grandmother and loves spending time with her ever expanding family.
- Episode 7: September 18, 2020
Heidi Kassab, President & CEO, Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union
In April 2003, financial operations executive Heidi Kassab, was promoted to president and chief executive officer of Cornerstone Community Financial (CCF), bringing to the leadership role a lifetime of experience that began when a former Girl Scout troop leader offered her a temporary summer job at a credit union. In her time as CEO, Heidi has helped grow CCF’s assets to $330 million, a more than 40 percent increase in the last five years, and membership figures to approximately 25,000 shareholders.
A native Michigander, Heidi graduated from Oakland University with Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and computer science. She currently resides in Shelby Township, Mich. with her husband and three children.
- Episode 6: September 11, 2020 | Download MP3
Hank Hubbard, President/CEO, One Detroit Credit Union
Hank Hubbard is the President/CEO of One Detroit Credit Union. Since becoming CEO in 1991, he has focused on expanding 1DCU’s presence in the community and growing the Credit Union’s product offerings, with an emphasis on financial empowerment and inclusion. Hank served on the board of the Eastside Community Network and is Treasurer of the board for the Detroit CDFI Coalition. He is also the Chair of the Metro West Chapter Community Involvement Committee for the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL), the co-chair of the MCUL Awards Committee, and a member of the MCUL Metro West Chapter Executive Committee.
- Episode 5: September 4, 2020 | Download MP3
Heather Luciani, CEO, Marshall Community Credit Union
Heather Luciani is the CEO of Marshall Community Credit Union, a community credit union located in Marshall, Michigan, with a branch in Battle Creek. The $265 million credit union serves eight counties and 15,000 members. Heather became CEO in 2010, previously serving in the role of Chief Operating Officer, with a background in lending that began with a community bank. Under Heather’s leadership, Marshall Community Credit Union was a 2019 recipient of the MCUL Outstanding Credit Union of the Year and, for the ninth consecutive year in 2020, is a Raddon Crystal Performance Award recipient. Heather lives in Marshall with her husband, Dan, and twin sons, Jack and Jeremy, who are studying and playing basketball at Indiana Tech.
- Episode 4: August 28, 2020 | Download MP3
John Buckley, President/CEO, Gerber Federal Credit Union
This week, Dave welcomes John Buckley, president/CEO of Gerber Federal Credit Union. John has been the credit union’s CEO for nearly 15 years; he previously served as the MCUL Chairman of the Board and currently serves as a board director for the Paul Bunyan and Moon District. He’s also a former United Way of the Lakeshore Board member and, starting this month, will start a term as Board Member and Compliance Committee Chair for Spectrum Health West Michigan.
- Episode 3: August 21, 2020 | Download MP3
Dan Baines, CEO, Bloom Credit Union
This week, Dave welcomes Dan Baines, president/CEO of Bloom Credit Union. Dan has been in the credit union industry for more than forty years, beginning his career with the VAH Employees Federal Credit Union in 1978. Bloom Credit Union is located in Wyoming, Michigan and currently holds over $160 million in member assets, with over 14,000 members. Dan is currently an MCUL board member, where he has served for more than 14 years. He has also been involved with the GR River Chapter for nearly three decades.
Dan is also a board member for Michigan Power Futbol, a nonprofit soccer club in the Wyoming area..
- Episode 2: August 14, 2020 | Download MP3
April Clobes, President & CEO, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
This week Dave welcomes April Clobes President & CEO of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. April has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union since March of 2015. She joined MSUFCU in 1996 and moved through the organization from a marketing specialist to management and executive positions prior to being named President/CEO. MSUFCU was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. Ms. Clobes is an active leader on several industry, community and university boards. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee and is chair of the Board of Directors for the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and is Chair of the Lansing Symphony.
- Episode 1: August 7, 2020 |
Cheryl DeBoer, President & CEO, Advia Credit Union
This week Dave welcomes Cheryl DeBoer President & CEO of Advia Credit Union. Cheryl has worked in the credit union movement for over 40 years. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Advia Credit Union in Parchment, Michigan. Advia Credit Union holds $2.4 billion in member assets, has over 160,000 members and has offices in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. She holds a B.S.B.A. from Lawrence Technological University, a M.S. from Madonna University and a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is currently a Director on the Mortgage Center Board.