Our Board of Advisors is comprised of 14 industry leaders and innovative thinkers. Our advisors engage with us year-round and meet in-person twice annually to provide a strategic perspective and help guide our path as industry experts and thought leaders enabling our team to provide relevant services to our clients.
As President and CEO of GTE Financial, Brian’s approach to leadership is all about serving others and ensuring that people always come first. With the support and guidance of a progressive Board of Directors and a dynamic Executive Management Team, Brian is focused on maximizing return and value to the GTE membership, credit union team members and the local community – the people GTE exists to serve. Through elevating the employee experience, members gain a caring financial advocate that ensures they earn more, save more, and live better. Additionally, GTE is focused on providing innovation through a service lens, ensuring the credit union stays relevant within an ever-changing industry permeated by new technology and sophisticated services.
Brian's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Say Something” – Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton
Favorite Cities: No Cities- I’m a country guy.
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Fun
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Farmer
Favorite Movies: Thomas Crown Affair
Marc is a serial entrepreneur and active early stage investor. Throughout his 36-year career, Marc has been committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed and making Florida one of the best places to build a company. Marc understands first-hand the needs – and challenges – of entrepreneurs searching for meaningful connections, investments and opportunities. His personal mission is to ensure that the business community thrives in Florida. Being a founding member of both Synapse Florida and Florida Funders was a natural evolution of his career to help transition Florida from “sunshine state to startup state.”
Florida Funders is a unique venture capital firm that blends the best of traditional venture capital with a curated crowd of investors who can invest side by side with our funds under the same terms. Named CBInsights “Most Active VC Fund in Florida”, we have invested in 31 companies and deployed more than $20M since inception.
Marc's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Jungle Land” – Bruce Springsteen
Favorite Cities: New York City, Telaviv, Paris, London
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Decisive
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): President of the United States
Favorite Movies: The Godfather
Eric is responsible for leading all operational functions at Georgia’s Own Credit Union in areas such as Enterprise Technology, Enterprise Risk Management, Deposit & Lending Operations, and Retail Operations. He brings over 15 years of experience to the Credit Union Industry, and prior to his Operations role, he served as Georgia’s Own Credit Union’s Chief Risk Officer & General Counsel. Eric has previous Board experience on both a data-processing CUSO and credit union foundation.
Eric is a licensed attorney in the state of Georgia and holds a BA from The University of Southern Mississippi and a JD from Florida Coastal School of Law. Eric lives in Atlanta, Georgia and spends his free time traveling and in his hometown of Ocean Springs, MS.
Eric's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Two Step” – Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Cities: Ocean Springs, Mississippi (my hometown) & London, England
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Dedicated
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): University Professor (my Father worked for a credit union, and my Mother worked in higher education – I’d like to take a shot at both before I am done)
Favorite Movies: Jaws, 1975
Santo Cannone is a strategic advisor to technology companies throughout the U.S. He has held leadership positions in sales, product management and operations with ConnectWise, Fiserv, FIS and EDS. He is Board Chair, Computer Mentors, which provides technical training and mentoring to children in underserved areas of Tampa Bay. In addition, he is a board member, United Solutions Company, a credit union service organization.
Santo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University and a Master of Management from Penn State.
Santo's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen
Favorite Cities: My hometown – Philadelphia. Taormina, Sicily. Toronto.
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Grateful
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): College teacher
Favorite Movies: Casablanca
Kathy Bader Courtney has global and domestic leadership experience across operations, P&L and financial management, strategic planning, client relations, product and program management, technology and analytics, and organizational/talent development.
Kathy relocated back to her home state of Iowa in 2018 to join GreenStateCredit Union (UICCU) as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this capacity, she is responsible for leadership of core areas including Card and Deposit Services, Retail Processing, Account Resolutions, General Counsel, Risk and Compliance, and Location Strategy/Execution/Maintenance serving over 200,000 members with more than $5.5B in assets.
She has a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Kathy's Fun Facts
Favorite Cities: Singapore, Tokyo, Istanbul, Cartagena
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Adventurous
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Travel blog writer
Favorite Movies: Shawshank Redemption and Finding Nemo (very different I know!)
Jeff is a member of BCUs Executive Leadership team and is responsible for Partnerships and strategy execution.He was formally BCU CIO for 16 years. He is a graduate from Lawrence University with a degree in economics and has worked at BCU since 1997. Jeff began his career as a Management Trainee at Waste Management. From there, he moved to Sara Lee and then to Caremark prior to joining BCU. At those organizations, he participated in numerous critical projects and gained a broad-base of technology, manufacturing, project, risk-mitigation, management knowledge and experience.
Jeff is active on numerous credit union industry committees and advisory boards including the Governance Committee for CUFX, Symitar Strategic Advisory Board, SMA Advisory, and CULedger Advisory. He formally contributed on the PSCU Technology Advisory Group and CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee. Jeff received the Trailblazer & IT Executive of the Year Award from the Credit Union Times. Most recently, BCU ranked #10 among small-sized organizations for being one of Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT.
Jeff's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Caminando por la Calle” – The Gypsy Kings
Favorite Cities: Barcelona
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Learning
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Leading bicycle trips all over Utah
With 30 years’ experience in the credit union marketplace Fran held sales positions at Newtrend and Electronic Data Services from 1989 through 2001. In 2001 Fran joined Aurum Technology as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales Support and after an acquisition by FIS led new business sales for the MISER organization until his departure to Jack Henry-Symitar in 2008 where he assumed the role of National Sales Manager for 10 years until his retirement in 2018. Fran holds BS and MBA degrees from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and resides in Indialantic, Florida.
Fran's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Willin’” – Little Feat
Favorite Cities: Key West, FL
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Curious
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Boat Captain on a private charter boat
Favorite Movies: Highlander (“There can be only one”)
Heather has more than 29 years of leadership and banking experience. In her current role as Alliant’s Vice President of Operations, Deposits & Payments Strategy, Heather leads a division of more than 40 associates responsible for all operational functions at Alliant. Her role aligns deposit and payments product management with the associated operations to better synchronize front and back office service delivery. Throughout her career, Heather has provided leadership and strategic direction for several credit union functions, including consumer lending, business process improvement, member engagement, member contact center, branch, project and program management, and operations support.
Heather is also the 2nd Vice Chair of CUNA Councils and the past chair of the CUNA Operations and Member Experience Council.
Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from DePaul University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Benedictine University. She has two daughters in college and lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two dogs.
Heather's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Magic” – Olivia Newton John and basically anything 80s
Favorite Cities: Chicago (of course!), Rome
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Grit
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Singing on Broadway
Favorite Movies: The Holiday, Knight & Day
Kim is the EVP & COO at Chartway FCU and has been in financial services her entire career. She has spent her tenure serving in multiple leadership roles focused on member service, driving organizational growth, and influencing the strategic direction of the Credit Union.
Kim currently serves her communities through committee participation at Old Dominion University’s Business School, on NAFCU’s Payment’s & Cyber Security Committee, and as a Board of Trustee for Chartway’s charity, the We Promise Foundation, which has raised more than $11 million to provide experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness.
Kim earned her B.S. and her M.B.A. at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and enjoys watching men’s and women’s basketball with her family at the Chartway Arena located on Old Dominion’s campus.
Kim's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Just Breathe” – Pearl Jam
Favorite Cities: Norfolk, VA
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Dreamer
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Rockstar
Favorite Movies: Grease
Joe is Vice President of Products & Payments at Virginia Credit Union. He has worked in financial services for nearly 20 years.
Over the last 6 years at Virginia Credit Union, and previously at Capital One, Joe has worked in Finance, Operations, MarketingResearch, Product Development and Brand/Creative Management. Joe has responsibility for product and payment efforts, with an emphasis on the credit union’s debit and credit card business.
Joe holds a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech and a M.B.A. from the University of Richmond. He lives in Midlothian, VA with his wife and two children.
Rudy Pereira is a veteran of the credit union industry and joined Premier America Credit Union in April 2017 as its President/CEO. Pereira previously served as President/CEO at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Technology at Alliant Credit Union in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his career in financial services, he worked at Hughes Aircraft and Hewlett-Packard.
Pereira is an active industry executive and currently serves as Chair of CUNA’s CEO Council and Member of the California League Political Action Committee. Pereira previously served on CUNA’s CU Ledger (Blockchain) Steering Committee, the Wisconsin Credit Union League Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair of CUNA’s Credit Union Roundtable Committee. Pereira is former Chair of the CUNA Council Forum, the Technology Council, and the CUNA/BITS Financial Services Liaison Task Force. He is also a frequent conference speaker and writer for the credit union industry.
Rudy's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: “Wildfire” – Michael Martin Murphey
Favorite Cities: Thousand Oaks, Chicago, Eau Claire
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Agile
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Napa Valley Vintner
Favorite Movies: Rocky, Field of Dreams
George Rudolph joined PSECU, Pennsylvania’s anytime, anywhere digital credit union, as its new President and CEO in April 2019. Along with his team of approximately 900 statewide professionals, George is responsible for managing PSECU’s more than $5.6 billion in assets and delivering high-quality financial product and service offerings to its 450,000 valued members.
To his role at PSECU, George brought with him nearly thirty years of combined experience in the credit union and airline industries. Prior to joining PSECU, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations & Technology at Alliant Credit Union.
George has also served as trusted advisor and participant in some of the industry’s top committees, including vendor advisory boards, the CUNA Technology Council’s Executive Committee, and the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force.
George holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Organizational Behavior as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from LaSalle University.
In December 2013, Eli Vazquez joined Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Mortgage and Business Lending at American Airlines Federal Credit Union and, during his tenure, held diverse roles including serving as a member of the board of directors, and leading the areas of finance, lending, collections, card services, business development, community relations, wealth management and credit counseling. Eli holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University and an MBA in finance from the University of California at Berkeley. In his leisure time, Eli volunteers with a number of organizations including Habitat for Humanity and the San Miguel School, and he enjoys skiing and cycling.
Eli's Fun Facts
Favorite All-Time Song: Anything Pink Floyd
Favorite Cities: Any European City
Trait that best describes me (in one word): Passionate
Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Pilot
Favorite Movies: Life Itself