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CU People
Friday, December 6, 2013 6:45 AM

Victoria FCU has a new CEO. Mario Ramirez, who previously ran the collections at Telcom FCU, was selected to fill the position left vacant with the departure of Ron Hyde. Ramirez has eight years of experience in corporate banking, having worked for Wells Fargo and Chase.

Ramirez has worked in every aspect of operations including: teller, personal banking, investments, lending, assistant manager and manager.


Glen McKenzie with Dale Kimble
Glen McKenzie (left) with Dale Kimble

DATCU board of directors announced recently that it has decided to split the title of president and CEO. Glen McKenzie has been selected as president and Dale Kimble will remain CEO. McKenzie joined DATCU in June of 2001 and has more than 25 years in the financial services industry, serving at DATCU as chief financial officer, executive vice president of operations and finally as executive vice president.

Kimble also joined DATCU in 2001 and has led the 73,000-member, 10-branch credit union to double-digit growth year after year, the north Texas credit union said in a recent announcement.

“Glen has been an outstanding leader over the course of his career and I have the greatest confidence that he will continue to lead DATCU in exemplary member service, growth and stability,” Kimble said.

“The Board of Directors of DATCU believes that the growth and the financial success of DATCU in recent years have justified this move,” added James Well, DATCU’s board chair. “This is an acknowledgment of the exceptional talent and dedication displayed by both individuals, and it is a strategic step in solidifying the future leadership of DATCU.”


Cody BuchholzTinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) has promoted Cody Buchholz to the position of assistant vice president/manager of financial empowerment. Buchholz will oversee TFCU’s nationally and locally recognized financial education program and financial empowerment team. This program is designed to provide financial education to all TFCU members through workshops, online learning modules and budgeting tools, free financial counseling and more.

The Financial Empowerment team also provides financial education workshops to schools, businesses and civic groups in the community.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this position. I look forward to leading the charge for Tinker FCU’s Financial Empowerment program,” said Buchholz.

Buchholz joined TFCU in 2009 as a business development representative in the marketing department. He has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry, having held positions at Chase and Bank of Oklahoma before coming to TFCU. Buchholz graduated from the Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of business administration in marketing and finance. He received his masters of business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a certified credit union financial counselor.

“Cody brings a natural leadership style and a passion for credit unions and TFCU that will serve him well as he takes on this new challenge,” said TFCU Senior Vice President of Marketing Matt Stratton. “I look forward to seeing Cody and our excellent Financial Empowerment team take our financial education program to a new and exciting level.”


Amanda GallegosSecurity Service FCU (SSFCU) has selected Amanda Gallegos to serve as branch manager for its facility on Southwest Military. In her role, she will be responsible for the overall operation of the branch, including handling cash operations, overseeing member service, meeting established goals, and promoting SSFCU products and services.  

Gallegos joined the credit union in July 2007, starting as an assistant manager at the 1604/Bandera branch and was promoted to branch manager of the Nacogdoches location three years later.

In addition to her work experience, Gallegos is a graduate of the North Chamber Leadership Lab class of 2010 and is now an alumni member. She is also a committee member of On the Horizon for the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, an annual luncheon that focuses on emerging business issues.

She is currently pursuing a degree in business management at Northwest Vista College.


The Cornerstone Credit Union League announces that Kim Patrick will become the newest Cornerstone League Representative. Patrick will serve credit unions in Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as several Texas credit unions located along the Red River.

Patrick brings to her new position the benefit of familiarity and established relationships with credit unions across Oklahoma. She has been employed by the Cornerstone and previously the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma since 1999. She will be transitioning from her current role as vice president of association services through the end of 2013. Prior to the consolidation, Patrick’s list of responsibilities with the Credit Union Association of Oklahoma were many, including: service corporation business partnerships, conferences, training and education, marketing, communications, and more.