On Aug. 2, AMOCO FCU came out to support the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Politically Incorrect Dinner and Auction, which was held at La Brisa on the Creek. The North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce is a network of businesses that bound together to help improve the economic development of the North Galveston County. AMOCO, a partner with the Chamber, was thrilled to hold a spot at their City Council Table for this event. Among the Mexican food, good company, red, white and blue ambiance and celebrity waiters, this was much more than just a festive event. The proceeds from the dinner and auction went to the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, which will benefit students at Clear Creek ISD, and Dickinson ISD.
AMOCO’s own Marissa Stidham, who also served as a chairman on the 2012 Board of Directors for the Chamber, came and showed her support for the benefit. Amid the numerous guests, AMOCO is proud to say that many of their Select Partners were a part of the cause.
Gulf Coast FCU has a new CEO. Gary Rapier retired July 12, and taking his place is Jeremy Garza. Previously serving in the capacity of vice president of accounting and collections, Garza has been with the credit union for over 10 years. Rapier will reportedly continue to serve part-time in the areas of advocacy and indirect lending.
A familiar face in the credit union movement, Wayne Vann has retired as CEO of Navy Army Community CU. Vann’s retirement was effective July 30. He is replaced by Sarah O’Brien, who has been with the credit union for more than 26 years. She was previously an executive president, overseeing Operations, Training, HR, Accounting and IT.
David Roffman has joined Fort Worth-based EECU as senior director of indirect lending, bringing more than 20 years of automotive finance experience to the financial institution. Roffman has previously served the auto finance divisions for DaimlerChrysler Financial Services and Nissan Motor Acceptance. At EECU, he will oversee relationships and operations of the indirect lending department, which offers financing for purchase or lease of new and used automobiles, and maintains close relationships with auto dealers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“I’m very pleased to be joining EECU in this position,” said Roffman. “The credit union’s indirect team has done great things for the members it serves, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to expand our relationships and continue growing this business.”
There have been a number of promotions at Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU). David Villarreal has been promoted to branch manager of SSFCU’s Ingleside location. In his new position, Villarreal will be responsible for member service operations and business development.
Villarreal holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Concordia University in Austin, Texas. He joined SSFCU in 2003 as a teller and has since held multiple positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as an assistant branch manager. Prior to joining the financial services industry, he served in the United States Air Force as a master sergeant.
Additionally, Villarreal serves as a board member for United Service Organization of South Texas and is an active member of the American Legion. He is also actively involved in the Coastal Bend Chapter of Credit Unions and previously served as chapter president.
Miguel Baldearena has been promoted to branch manager of SSFCU’s 3009/Schertz location. In his new position, Baldearena will be responsible for member service operations, community initiatives and business development.
Baldearena is a 2001 graduate of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Program. His previous experience includes employment with Capital One Bank where he served as an assistant vice president.
Additionally, Baldearena served in the United States Army as an operations specialist, 1st class petty officer. He was decorated by the Security of the Navy with the Navy Achievement medal, Good Conduct medal and several Battle Efficiency awards.
SSFCU has also appointed Delma Pacheco to treasury management development officer. In her new position, Pacheco will be responsible for research, development and promotion of treasury management products for the commercial services department.
Pacheco holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. With more than 25 years of experience, she specializes in business lending, SBA lending and private banking.
In addition to her work experience, Pacheco is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) San Antonio.
Kristin Popowich has been promoted to area manager of SSFCU’s south district. In her new position, Popowich will be responsible for member service operations, business development and meeting area goals for the branches.
Popowich holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from San Diego State University. She joined SSFCU in 1994 as a member service representative and has since held multiple positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as a branch manager. Her previous experience includes employment with San Diego Trust and Savings Bank where she served as a teller.
Additionally, Popowich is a 2011 graduate of the North Chamber Leadership Lab and a former board member of Child Safe.
In other credit union news, evolve FCU recently hosted the second annual Evolution Film Festival, screening the top movies and announcing the festival’s winners. First place was awarded to Christopher Barnes of Food For Worms Motion Pictures for his movie, For My Sister. Barnes won a $500 gift card to B&H Photo, an online professional source for photography, videography and other media industries. Second place was awarded to Edmund Lozano for his short, Eye on the Prize. Lozano won a $250 gift card for B&H Photo. Third place was awarded to Antonio Marquez, who won a $100 gift card to B&H Photo for his _lm, Nelson: A Gift From God.
The event, now in its second year, celebrates the emergence of local talent in El Paso.