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Orlando Federal Credit Union

by Kevin Fritz

Featured Photo from Orlando Federal Credit Union

There are changes afoot at Orlando Federal Credit Union (OFCU), and it’s all for the good of the customer. Because OFCU is a community institution with deep roots in the areas it serves – including a branch in Casselberry – top executives and board members tend to remain with OFCU until retirement. In fact, longtime Wekiva Springs resident Grace Chewning has been a board member for more than 50 years.

So when new leaders do join OFCU, it’s a cause for celebration and an opportunity to look ahead to a bright future for the credit union and its clients.

Suzanne Weinstein was promoted from CFO to CEO of Orlando Federal Credit Union last June, and she is excited to introduce four new vice presidents to the community:

Shannon Pogue

Shannon is not only a newcomer to OFCU, he is also new to Florida. He arrived from Portland, Oregon, following 23 years of success in the wine country. As the new VP of Lending, Shannon handles loan origination, underwriting, and the real estate side of the credit union’s business.

“It’s all about the relationships we forge with customers,” Shannon says. “We understand their needs and what’s in their best interests.”

Tony Nieto  

Tony is also new to Florida, arriving from Baltimore, Maryland, but he was born in Brooklyn, New York. He settled in the Wekiva area of Longwood. As the credit union’s VP of Retail Services, Tony markets the organization’s products to members.

“Banking has become so commoditized,” he says. “You can get a loan from anyone. We need to empower our members with services. Frictionless services. Consumers want things simple, easy, and convenient.”

Cathy Garcia  

Cathy has been in her new role as VP of Information Technology for two years. A 24-year veteran of the industry and now in her 14th year at Orlando Federal Credit Union, she previously served as the organization’s comptroller.

From ATMs to online banking, the Pennsylvania native makes sure she is employing the latest technology for the sake of OFCU’s members.

Troy Pelaske  

A career human resources man, Troy became VP of Human Resources nine months ago. He also serves as OFCU’s compliance officer.

“I have been with the credit union for 13 years and in Florida 38 years,” Troy says. “I love it here.”


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