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CU People on the Move
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:45 AM

Texoma Community CU Marketing Director Named ‘A Woman to Watch’

Rachel Wheat Lepchitz
'Woman to Watch' Rachel Wheat-Lepchitz (standing and far left)

Texas Business Women of Wichita Falls held their 4th Annual Texoma Woman to Watch Program and among those identified as “women to watch” is Rachel Wheat-Lepchitz [pictured standing and far left].

Wheat-Lepchitz is marketing director for Texoma Community CU in Wichita Falls. Born and raised in Houston, Wheat-Lepchitz came to Wichita Falls in 2003 following her graduation from Sam Houston State University where she majored in broadcast journalism.

She worked as an anchor and producer for the local NBC affiliate before moving to the Wichita Falls ISD where she marketed the district’s magnet program.  She joined the credit union movement in 2010 and is a passionate believer in the credit union philosophy.   Wheat-Lepchitz serves as Chairwoman of the Wichita Falls Communities in Schools, is active in the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce, serves as Membership Chair of the SW Wichita Falls Rotary Club, and coordinates publicity for the Wichita Falls chapter of Texas Business Women.  She also sits on the communications advisory committee for the Cornerstone Credit Union League.  

Tim Burch joins EECU as Chief information officer

Tim BurchEECU has hired Tim Burch to be its chief information officer. Burch joins the Fort Worth-based credit union from NASA FCU in Upper Marlboro, Md., where he served as vice president of technology services.

“I’m very happy to join EECU at such an exciting time,” said Burch. “Banking technologies are continually advancing, and I’m looking forward to helping EECU continue to offer secure and innovative solutions to its members.”

In his new position with EECU, Burch oversees all technology and information management within the credit union, drawing on 26 years of experience in credit union technologies. In the process, he ensures that the privacy and funds of the 178,000 members EECU serves remain secure. Additionally, he oversees the development of convenient banking technologies such as Online Banking and mobile apps, which allow EECU members to take their accounts with them anywhere in the world.

“Tim brings an innovative perspective to EECU’s technology team,” said EECU President and CEO Lonnie Nicholson. “We’ve always strongly valued banking technology as a necessity to the convenience of our members, and I’m confident Tim will be able to help us continue offering an excellent experience to the communities we serve.”

University FCU Announces New Hires

Kori KemererUniversity FCU (UFCU) has named Kori Kemerer as the manager of its S MoPac Financial Center. Kemerer will be responsible for helping employees develop professionally, establishing and deepening member and business relationships and ensuring the delivery of exceptional member service.    

Most recently, Kemerer was branch manager at Capital One Bank and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Michael WoodsThe credit union has also named Michael Woods as senior manager of IT Infrastructure & Operations.  Woods will be responsible for leading, managing and developing staff to ensure a positive work environment, exceptional performance and strong retention within IT. Woods will also assist in the development and maintenance of IT strategic initiatives.

Most recently, Woods was IT director of Remote Management Service Operations for CSC and has more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry.  He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Management, Information Systems from Brigham Young University. 

SSFCU Promotes Hartmann to AVP of Commercial Services

Marilyn HartmannSecurity Service FCU (SSFCU) has promoted Marilyn Hartmann to assistant vice president of commercial services, responsible for overseeing SSFCU’s commercial loan production in all credit union markets, compliance, and training and mentoring of commercial loan officers. She was previously manager of commercial loan production.

Hartmann joined SSFCU in 2004 as a senior commercial loan officer. She has been named SSFCU employee of the month twice and has been instrumental in the success of the commercial services department.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and Spanish with a minor in business from Central College in Pella, Iowa. A graduate of both the New Braunfels Chamber’s Leadership Program and the Seguin Chamber’s Leadership Program, Hartmann is an active committee volunteer for many non-profits, including CCIM, CREW San Antonio, National Association of Women Business Owners, North Chamber of Commerce and New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and is a board member for Central Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders.

One CU Retires, Another Steps in to Take the Helm

After 18 years of services, James Muse has retired as president of Doches CU, and Richard Lynch has been named his successor.

Since Muse took the helm at Doches CU in 1996, the credit union has grown from a single branch located in Nacogdoches to four branches including two branches in Nacogdoches, a branch in Center and an up-and-coming full service branch in Hemphill.  During his leadership, the credit union has seen assets increase over 400 percent, deposits over 500 percent and membership more than triple from approximately 3,000 to over 9,000 members today. 

Prior to moving to Nacogdoches, Muse, a graduate from University of Houston, was employed by Shell CU, the Methodist Hospital CU, as well as the Cornerstone Credit Union League (formerly the Texas Credit Union League). In retirement, Muse says he plans to spend more time with his family and more time in the duck blind. 

On April 1, Richard Lynch assumed the president and CEO role for the credit union. He comes to Doches CU with more than 36 years of credit union experience, including 22 years as a CEO.  He has spent the last nine years as CEO of Saint Joseph’s CU in San Antonio, Texas.  Lynch is a family man with children and grandchildren and is highly focused on customer and member service. 

Quintanilla Named Vice President of Finance/CFO at River City Federal Credit Union

Michael QuintanillaRiver City FCU (RCFCU) recently named Michael V. Quintanilla to the position of vice president of finance and CFO.  Quintanilla will lead the organization’s finance and accounting functions, and oversee compliance and risk management.

RCFCU President and CEO Kim L. Heinze states, “Quintanilla brings exceptional experience in all aspects of finance and accounting management.  His expertise will allow us to strengthen our financial policies, procedures and strategy for the future, while continuing to manage our budgets and operating expenses. “

Quintanilla’s experience includes 14 years with the Treasury Management Branch of the Air Force Personnel Center Headquarters (HQ AFPC), Department of the Air Force, where he held positions from Investment Officer to Chief of Cash Operations.  Prior to his tenure at HQ AFPC, he worked in credit union accounting.

He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Texas Trust's VP of Mortgage Lending Named Top Performing Mortgage Professional

Richard WhitmanFor the third consecutive year, Richard Whitman, vice president of mortgage lending at Texas Trust CU, has been named a Five Star Mortgage Professional.

Whitman scored in the top one percent for client satisfaction among 15,700 licensed mortgage loan originators in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. The Five Star Professional award recognizes mortgage professionals based on an independent consumer satisfaction survey. More than 28,500 homebuyers who purchased homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth market between March 2013 and September 2013 were surveyed.

The 2014 award winners were selected based on feedback from buyers of homes worth $150,000 or more. Buyers rated mortgage professionals on key criteria such as integrity, negotiation, and closing preparation, and on whether they would highly recommend the professional to a friend or family member. Award recipients were required to have an active Texas license and no record of disciplinary action.

With more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Whitman has turned Texas Trust into the top credit union residential home lender in north Texas since he joined the credit union in 2006. Whitman and his professional team of mortgage experts understand that a home loan can be the single most important decision a person can make. Whitman has built an array of lending products for Texas Trust, allowing the credit union to offer custom home financing solutions and personalized service at lower rates and fees than other financial institutions.

Whitman's service-minded philosophy and commitment to building brighter financial futures for members is the key to his success.

"Richard's service-minded philosophy and ability to connect with people puts home buyers at ease, " said Jim Minge, president of Texas Trust Credit Union. "He and his team go out of their way to ensure members have a positive experience when buying a home."

Minge added, "Richard continues to raise the bar for his team and our lending program. He continuously works to make sure we have the right mortgage products and services and best rates to ensure our members receive the best value and highest level of service for their home lending needs."