WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors at Education First Credit Union is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J. Wettrich to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.
According to Mr. Norman Landry, Chairman of the credit union's board of directors "Mike is exceptionally knowledgeable about the credit union industry, and he brings a deep wealth of knowledge about our business. Our board searched long and hard to find the best fit we could, and we believe we found the ideal person to lead our credit union into the future. Mike has a profound respect for educators and his personal philosophy fits hand in glove with ours."
Previously, Mr. Wettrich was with the Ohio Department of Commerce, in the Division of Financial Institutions. Since 2010 he has served as the Deputy Superintendent for Credit Unions. Prior to that, he was the Chief Examiner and Acting Deputy Superintendent for Credit Unions for two years. In addition, Mike graduated from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio with a B.S. in Finance. He served as Chairman of the Board of the National Association of State Credit Unions, and he is a Certified Credit Union Examiner (CCUE) and Certified Credit Union Supervisor (CCUS). He is also a member of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Mr. Wettrich stated that, "The opportunity to lead such a progressive and committed organization really appealed to my vision of what a modern credit union should be to its members. At Education First we are dedicated to serving our members' financial best interests by providing them with affordable and comprehensive products and services, with a level of personal attention and care that is second to none."
Education First Credit Union was originally established in 1936 as The Columbus (Ohio) Teachers Federal Credit Union to serve the financial needs of Columbus Public School teachers. Several years later they changed their name to MidState Educators, then to Education First Credit Union in late 2010. The name change was part of the organization's strategic plan to focus more on serving educators and those working in the field of education across the state of Ohio.
Education First Credit Union is an organization driven by the conviction that people should always plan for their financial future and that doing so will improve the quality of their lives. Realizing that some people lack the time and expertise to successfully plan or manage their finances, they consider it their social responsibility to provide their members with the support system to help them overcome these obstacles.
The credit union provides financial services to all public, private, charter, trade and technical schools, in Franklin, Delaware and Union Counties, and to all colleges and universities within the State of Ohio. For more information about the value, benefits and resources available at Education First please contact us at 614-221-9376 or toll-free at 1-866-628-6446, or at www.educu.org . Education First currently operates three branches in Franklin County, with thirty - four employees, and assets of $ 87 million dollars.
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