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CU People on the Move
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:50 AM

Education Credit Union in Amarillo has Hired Marcus Smith as Controller

Marcus SmithEducation CU announces the hiring of March Smith as controller. Smith has more than 13 years of financial experience. He came to Education CU from Waypoint Advisory Service, where he was senior controls specialist involved in financial audits, internal control testing, regulatory training and compliance reviews for various credit unions in four states.

Smith received his bachelor’s degree in business from West Texas A & M University.

The credit union has also promoted Mary Dittfurth to financial educator. Dittfurth joined the credit union in January 2014. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in business management from WT.

Texoma Community CU CEO Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Wayne MansurWayne Mansur is celebrating 20 years of service as president and CEO of Texoma Community CU. Mansur began his credit union career in 1982, at GECU in El Paso. 

A strong advocate for credit unions, Mansur frequently meets with state and national legislators to share the credit union difference.  He is devoted to the members of the credit union and takes great pride in helping members improve their financial well-being. Whether it’s beautifying the property or signing off on a loan, Mansur is fully involved in every aspect of the organization. 

Mansur explains that the credit union’s vision statement is inspired by Timothy 6:17-19: TCCU is building a community where everyone is given the tools to become RICH - an acronym for Ready Independent Charitable Happy. These, he says, are our values at Texoma Community CU.

“The greatest accomplishment I believe God has done through me is to create a God centered culture for employees, members and our community,” notes Mansur. “Often former employees ask to reemploy because working at the credit union is so much nicer than working elsewhere.  Being blessed to manage an environment such as this gives me strength and energy.”

Among his many honors, Mansur is a PTA life member, recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Faithful Servant Award, and serves as deacon of Faith Village Church of Christ.  He was also named United Way volunteer of the year, has served as president for Leadership Wichita Falls class of 2002 and chaired the Boy Scout Endowment Committee. 

“My aspirations are to continue to serve my fellow man, to help others to achieve their life's goals,” he adds. “My greatest aspiration is to see others be happy, joyful and fulfilled.” 

Mansur holds a Bachelor of Science-Education degree from Lubbock Christian University.

Several Border FCU Employees Celebrate Significant Anniversaries, including its CEO

Maria MartinezCredit union executive Maria Martinez is celebrating 20 years of service with Border FCU. Martinez was hired in 1994 as the vice president of lending and was promoted to president and CEO in 1997.

Under Martinez’ leadership, the credit union has surpassed $120 million in assets (the credit union was about $34 million in assets when Martinez became CEO); has grown from two service location to five; now serves 13 counties, and continues evolving.

While there are many things to be proud of, Martinez says she is most proud of her staff.

“My staff puts up with me, who wouldn’t be proud of that!” laughs Martinez. “But in all seriousness, I am so proud of the opportunity I have had to help grow and develop a dedicated staff of 110 who are so committed to our members, the community, and the movement.”

Martinez has served in the credit union movement for 26 years, and it is people, she says, that inspires her to continue serving.

“In Del Rio, we have a significant underserved market, and I firmly believe that credit unions are best suited to serve the needs of this demographic,” Martinez says.

Carrie MartinGoing forward, Martinez says she will continue to focus on positioning Border FCU as the financial institution of choice in Del Rio.

Other Border FCU employees celebrating significant anniversaries are Carrie Martin and Mariana Zuniga.

Martin is executive vice president and CFO, and she is celebrating 30 years of service. Marin began her career at Border FCU as an accountant in 1984 and is now part of the senior management team. Martinez says she has proven to be an essential part of Border FCU’s growth and prosperity over the years.

Mariana ZunigaZuniga, HR manager, is celebrating 20 years of service, and is also now part of the credit union’s management team. According to Martinez, Zuniga has been instrumental in the development of Border FCU’s superior workforce. During Zuniga’s tenure, the credit union has expanded from 30 to 110 employees and growing.