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Credit Union 1 Promotes New President/CEO


Tom Newins

PHOTO: Courtesy of Credit Union 1

Anchorage, AK – October 1, 2013 – Credit Union 1 promotes Chief Operating Officer, Tom Newins, to President/CEO. A seasoned industry veteran, Newins brings over 21 years of experience in various positions at Credit Union 1.

Newins will replace Leslie Ellis, who is retiring at the end of this year after a 30-year career as Credit Union 1’s President and CEO. Ellis will remain in a consulting position to the credit union’s board of directors.

“Tom Newins has been with the credit union for over two decades and has a proven track record of success,” said Credit Union 1’s Board Chairman, Roger Aldrich. “Tom’s leadership skills, in-house experience, and commitment to Credit Union 1’s culture, members and employees make him a great fit for moving Credit Union 1 forward.”

Over the past two decades, Newins has held several positions within Credit Union 1, through which he has gained experience in departments as far-ranging as Internal Audit, Marketing, Staff Training and Branch Operations. Newins also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and graduated this summer from Western CUNA Management School.      

“I have worked with Tom for more than 20 years and I am so pleased the Board of Directors selected him as my successor,” said Ellis. “This promotion recognizes the critical role Tom plays in ensuring our daily operations run smoothly and that our members receive superior member service. Tom’s unique and varied experience [makes] him imminently qualified for his latest promotion. Further, Tom is an ardent supporter of the credit union’s mission and core values in both his words and deeds.”

About Credit Union 1: Credit Union 1 is an Alaskan financial cooperative with a mission to help members achieve their financial goals by focusing on excellent service and value. Founded over 60 years ago, Credit Union 1 has 14 branches, more than 72,000 members, and $850 million in assets. Anyone who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to join Credit Union 1.

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