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CU System briefs (11/26/2012)
  • MADISON, Wis. (11/27/12)--The Filene Research Institute announced Tansley Stearns has joined the institute as its new director of innovation applied research. She will be responsible for transforming research and innovation into action, the announcement said. Stearns is a 14-year veteran of the credit union movement and most recently served as an assistant vice president of corporate strategy and government relations at Bethpage FCU in New York. Filene noted that Stearns is one of the original credit union professionals chosen to be a participant in Filene's i3 program,described by Filene as a work group of innovative, insightful and energetic credit union professionals who have not yet reached the CEO level, but are in a position with substantial responsibility. In her three years with i3, Stearns worked with other credit union executives to create two innovative projects, including Debt in Focus and SmartScore. She also has been a member of the Guiding Coalition at two credit unions, working to build and develop sales and service cultures. She is credited with helping her credit union win first place in both the Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring awards, Filene noted …
  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (11/27/12)--Michael Yatros has been selected by Florida Credit Union Shared Services (FCUSS) to serve as its new CEO. "Mike's extensive knowledge of the payment systems industry and his proven track record of success will propel this organization to new and exciting heights which will, in turn, bring even more value to our member credit unions," said Allan Prindle, chairman of the FCUSS Board and president/CEO of Power Financial CU. Prior to accepting his new position, Yatros served as the executive vice president of PSCU Financial Services Inc. in St. Petersburg. He led strategic planning for the client services division responsible for sales, portfolio development, relationship management, and consulting for 1,200 clients and their 18 million cardholders. …
  • SAN ANTONIO, Texas (11/27/12)--Randy M. Smith will step down from his position as CEO of Randolph-Brooks FCU (RBFCU), effective Dec. 31, and will  be succeeded as CEO by the credit union's current president, Christopher W. O'Connor.  Smith will assume the position of senior adviser to the board of directors (LoneStar Leaguer Nov. 26). After a career in public accounting and 27 years of service with the U.S. Air Force (active duty and reserve), Smith began with RBFCU in 1982 as the vice president of finance in 1982. When he became president/CEO in 1987, the credit union assets totaled about $290 million and RBFCU offered a service network of five branches, all located in the greater San Antonio area. Today, the credit union serves more than 410,000 members with more than $5 billion in assets. RBFCU's branch network includes more than 40 locations throughout South Central Texas, including multiple branches in the San Antonio and Austin metropolitan areas. "His leadership has been a determining factor in the success of our credit union," said Dr. Harry M. Edwards, board chairman of the credit union. "He is a visionary who is focused on success and results, and the credit union's growth under his guidance is based on the fact that he can see and act upon the big picture, while still remembering that people are the credit union's most valuable resource." …


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