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Brian Best

District At-Large, Class C
Term: February, 2026

As President and CEO of GTE Financial, Brian's approach to leadership is all about serving others and ensuring that people always come first.  With the support and guidance of a progressive Board of Directors and a dynamic Executive Management Team, Brian is focused on maximizing return and value to the GTE membership, credit union team members and the local community - the people GTE exists to serve.  Through elevating the employee experience, members gain a caring financial advocate that ensures they earn more, save more and live better.  Additionally, GTE is focused on providing innovation through a service lens, ensuring the credit union stays relevant within an ever-changing industry permeated by new technology and sophisticated services.

Brian has evolved financial organizations for over 20 years, holding senior management positions at some of the nation's most preeminent banks and credit unions.  Brian brings a diverse background in commercial and consumer banking, collections, operations, retail strategy, process improvement, investment and risk portfolio management, organizational branding and troubled business restructuring.

Brian holds a B.S. in Marketing from Wright State University, as well as an M.A. in Business and Administration from Saint Leo University.  He has also graduated from the RMA School of Commercial Underwriting and Portfolio Management, and has received his accreditation with Six Sigma as a master black belt.

Currently, Brian serves on the Hillsborough Economic Development Council as a Committee Member, serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club as an Executive Committee Member, serves on the board of CU Engage as an Advisory Member, serves on the board of Junior Achievement as a Board Member, as well as serves on the Saint Leo Presidents Council.

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