Thought Leaders.

Pace Setters.

Change Makers.

Our Board of Advisors

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.

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Mollie Bell

Chief Development Officer
ENT Credit Union
Assets: $7,489,436,401
Members: 410,606

Mollie's Bio

Mollie Bell joined Ent Credit Union in December 2018 as Chief Development Officer.

Mollie has worked on behalf of credit unions since 2007, having worked for Credit Union National Association, Filene Research Institute, and CUNA Mutual Group in executive positions ranging from strategic project portfolio management to system-wide engagement. She has traveled across the United States working with credit unions and credit union service organizations serving as a thought-leader for transformation, leadership development, culture, and growth strategies.

Prior to her experience in the credit union industry, Mollie held roles as an attorney, consultant, teacher, and business owner. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 2001 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors at Lamar University in 1992.

Mollie's Fun Facts

Favorite All-Time Song: “Can’t Always Get What You Want” – The Stones,  (but it really depends on the decade (and I have been around a while!))

Favorite Cities: Austin, TX remains one of my favorites. Paris, of course.

Trait that best describes me (in one word): Gregarious

Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Anything working with animals – maybe super star animal rescuer

Favorite Movies: Elf 

Brian Best

President & CEO
GTE Financial
Assets: $2,505,171,151
Members: 224,788

Brian's Bio

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 

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Eric S. Broome, Esq.

Chief Operations Officer
Georgia's Own Credit Union
Assets: $2,934,363,474
Members: 215,539

Eric's Bio

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

Kathy Courtney

COO
GreenState Credit Union
Assets: $7,112,600,971
Members: 253,348

Kathy's Bio

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!)

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Chris Giles

CXO
Maps CU
Assets: $1,043,421,646
Members: 69,875

Chris's Bio

Chris Giles joined the CU Movement in 2004 as a consultant, before being hired at Maps in 2005. Initially serving as General Manager in the Maps subsidiary company CU Wireless (CUW), Giles was named CEO of CUW in 2015. In 2017, he was chosen to head up the newly created Strategic Payments function at Maps. As CXO, Giles works closely with Maps’ member-facing teams to create and execute strategies around creating best-in-class experiences for Maps’ members.

Chris speaks at credit union industry events across the U.S. including annual meetings of the California, Nevada, Oregon, and Connecticut Credit Union Leagues, National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO), the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC), and AXFI. He has spoken on a variety of topics including emerging payments trends, data analytics, product innovation and Customer Experience Management.

Chris's Fun Facts

Favorite All-Time Song: “Happy Birthday” (because it means I’m still alive)

Favorite Cities: This may sound trite, but I love New York

Trait that best describes me (in one word): Calm

Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Probably running a Fintech VC fund

Favorite Movies: Princess Bride, Elf, Edge of Tomorrow

Chris Harlan

President/CEO
University of Illinois Community Credit Union
Assets: $431,330,426
Members: 44,734

Chris's Bio

Chris Harlan is the President/CEO at the Champaign, IL based University of Illinois Community Credit Union. He joined UICCU in 2009 and has over 15 years of experience in credit union and banking leadership.

A native of Champaign, Harlan has extensive volunteer experience in the community and the credit union industry. He currently serves as the Board Chair for the Illini Media Corporation, Membership and Finance Committee Chair for Allerton Park and Retreat Center, and the Advisor’s Plus Advisory Group for PSCU.

Mr. Harlan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Illinois State University and an Associate’s Degree from Parkland College. He completed his Executive MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May  2013.

In 2018, Harlan received the Central Illinois Business 40 Under 40 Man of the Year Award. He lives in Mahomet with his wife and three children.

Chris's Fun Facts

Favorite All-Time Song: “Free” – Zac Brown Band

Favorite Cities: Chicago, NYC, Shanghai (in that order)

Trait that best describes me (in one word): Competitive

Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Pro golfer…I’m good but not nearly THAT good

Favorite Movie: A Few Good Men

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Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

SVP
BCU
Assets: $4,476,609,954
Members: 293,194

Jeff's Bio

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

Kim Little

Kim Little

Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Chartway Federal Credit Union
Assets: $2,383,470,787
Members: 190,272

Kim's Bio

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 Lovasz

VP, Products & Payments
Virginia Credit Union
Assets: $4,532,757,612
Members: 312,499

Joe's Bio

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.

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George Rudolph

President and CEO
PSECU
Assets: $7,400,000,000
Members: 480,000

George's Bio

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.

Alissa Sykes Tulloch

Chief Experience Officer
AmeriCU Credit Union
Assets: $2,200,000,000
Members: 165,000

Alissa's Bio

Alissa Sykes Tulloch, Chief Experience Officer for AmeriCU, is responsible for enhancing the Rome, New York-based credit union’s retail and operational processes, member delivery channels and infrastructure to deliver outstanding programs.

Sykes Tulloch focuses on creating and executing the strategic plans related to Financial Center operations, Member Relationship & Marketing, Membership Development, Payments, AmeriCU Insurance Services, and AmeriCU Investment Services. She brings 15 years of in-depth experience in the credit union field and 25 years in the financial service industry.

Prior to joining AmeriCU, Sykes Tulloch was Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer at Sunmark Credit Union in Latham, N.Y. After joining Sunmark in 2005, she held several roles with increasing responsibility including AVP of Consumer and Mortgage Lending, and VP and Chief Lending Officer. She has also held roles at TD Bank, NBT Bank and Trustco Bank.

Sykes Tulloch is working toward her MBA from ENEB Business School, based in Barcelona Spain.

When not at work Sykes Tulloch is a hockey mom who spends most of her time at a rink… or in the car traveling to a rink. She has two spoiled labs that her boys say she loves more than them. She loves trying new restaurants and wines with her husband, but most of all enjoys traveling with her family!

Alissa's Fun Facts

Favorite All-Time Song: Anything Dave Matthews/Nora Jones…. But I really do love “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers

Favorite Cities: Lake Placid, NY

Trait that best describes me (in one word): Determined

Dream Job (besides the one I have now): Detective

Favorite Movies: Miracle

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Eli Vazquez

Eli Vazquez

CEO
Bank-Fund Staff FCU
Assets: $6,253,797,703
Members: 89,717

Eli's Bio

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

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