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CU News Briefs
Friday, March 15, 2013 6:40 AM

evolve FCU has added an additional member to their mortgage department. Amanda Reno has joined the credit union as their newest mortgage loan processor. Reno joins the credit union from Pioneer Bank, where she worked as the mortgage loan coordinator. She brings with her four years of industry experience and an incredibly strong passion for what she does. In her new role, she will be responsible for processing mortgage loan applications and verifying accuracy, employment, assets, and liabilities. She will request and evaluate appraisals and place orders for titles and insurance. In addition, Reno will clear underwriting conditions and prepare documents for the closing department. 

In other evolve FCU news, the credit union recently presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas with a check for $50,000.00.  The donation represents the credit union’s commitment to giving back to their community. As a local organization themselves, evolve FCU recognizes the importance of supporting a community that has ensured its own continued success for over 75 years.  Last year, evolve FCU sponsored the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a similar donation. In addition, the credit union allowed its employees, who normally wear professional dress to work every day, to wear jeans on Fridays in exchange for a two dollar payment, which was deposited into the  credit union’s Make-A-Wish Jeans Fund. The jeans fund raised $3,067.74, which was presented to the organization earlier in the year. A number of employees also had the chance to become wish granters, enabling them to get to know the children whose wishes were granted through the credit union’s donation. 

A+ FCU is proud to announce the promotion of O.J. Gilder as its vice president of Information Technology. Gilder started his career with A+ FCU in August 1998 as a teller. After working in various positions for A+ FCU and obtaining his degrees, he was selected to be the vice president of IT at Brazos Valley Schools CU in February 2009. He came back to A+FCU in July 2011 as the programming manager. With this promotion, his responsibilities include all aspects of IT, including network administration and programming. Gilder, who holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas State University, has over 14 years of credit union IT experience.

In addition to Gilder being promoted, A+ FCU says it has also promoted Rob Tomasino to vice president of Operations.  Tomasino has been with A+FCU for two years as assistant vice president - Member Experience. In his new role his additional responsibilities include overseeing branch operations, contact center, compliance, A+ Financial Center, and training. Tomasino, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from George Mason University, has worked with and for credit unions for over 35 years throughout North America.

San Antonio FCU (SACU) has named Eric Malagamba as its new chief financial officer. Malagamba comes to the credit union from Frito-Lay North America in Plano, where he was national accounts emerging and convenience finance director for the PepsiCo division. 

“He is a skilled leader and manager who cares deeply about the dignity of others. He is someone in whom we can entrust our people; he will be a strong team member and partner for our business managers. These qualities, coupled with his truly global experiences, give Eric the ability to bring unique perspectives to SACU,” said CEO Steve Hennigan.

Malagamba has an MBA from Autonoma De Madrid University in Madrid, Spain, and a B.S. Actuary (Applied Mathematics) from Anahuac University in Mexico City.  Malagamba has held international assignments with PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble during his 30 years in financial management.  He succeeds Mark Dwyer in the CFO post. Dwyer is now the big Texas credit union’s general manager of indirect lending.

Texas Trust CU has promoted three senior staffers to senior executive level positions. Ron Smith has been promoted to senior vice president of Branch Operations. He has been with Texas Trust since 2007 and is responsible for overseeing operations of the credit union's 10 branches. Amber Danford has been promoted to senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development. Danford has been with Texas Trust since 2005. She is responsible for developing and executing the marketing strategy and managing the credit union's brand image. Brady Pope has been promoted to senior vice president of Risk Management. He oversees all aspects of Texas Trust's risk management function.

"In their new positions, these individuals will play a pivotal role in executing our strategy to become a $1 billion financial institution by 2016," said Jim Minge, president of Texas Trust CU. "Their experience and skills will help shape the future of Texas

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Amanda Reno
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Eric Malagamba
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Ron Smith
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Amber Danford
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Brady Pope