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Promotions from Around the Cornerstone Region
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:00 AM

Malcolm René

The $48 million Houston Metropolitan Federal Credit Union appointed Malcolm René as its president/CEO effective June 1. René will replace Barbara Stephens who is retiring after 23 years as the president/CEO.

“Barbara has provided a tremendous service to our credit union by delivering outstanding leadership for more than two decades,” Eric Dargan, Houston Metropolitan FCU board chair, said. “She will be missed, but we are excited for her as she opens a new chapter in her life.”

René previously served as executive vice president/CFO for the $89 million United Community Credit Union in Galena Park, Texas.

Laurie Barraza

Laurie Barraza was appointed president/CEO of the $38.4 million Cosden Federal Credit Union in Big Spring, Texas, effective June 1. She replaced Gary Jester, a credit union workout specialist, who served as interim president/CEO from September 2014 to April 2015.

“Laurie brings a lot of positive energy, familiarity with our community, and excellent experience in credit union management.” Edward Moughon, Cosden FCU board member said, who chaired the search committee. “I think this is an excellent opportunity for Laurie and the credit union to grow and advance together. The Cosden Board is confident our members will find her responsive to their needs.”

Barraza joins Cosden FCU from the $45 million Big Spring Education Employees Federal Credit Union in Big Spring, Texas, where she served as vice president.