Rudy Pereira Of Premier America CU Elected To CO-OP Board Of Directors

August 24, 2020

Chuck Purvis of Coastal FCU to Serve Second Year as Board Chairperson

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California – Rudy Pereira, President/CEO of Premier America Credit Union of Chatsworth, California, has joined the Board of Directors of CO-OP Financial Services, elected to a three-year term during the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders held August 18.

Pereira has been with Premier America CU since 2017, and prior to that was President/CEO of Royal CU of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, since 2011. Two other credit unions leaders were reelected to three-year terms on the Board during the Shareholders Meeting, including Benson Porter, President/CEO of BECU of Tukwila, Washington, to a third three-year term; and Robert Chavez, President/CEO of Sandia Laboratory FCU of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to a second three-year term.

“I congratulate Rudy on his election to the CO-OP Board of Directors, and look forward to working with him and our two newly reelected Board members in the oversight of our great cooperative,” said Chuck Purvis, President/CEO of Coastal FCU of Raleigh, North Carolina.

In the Board’s organizational meeting immediately following the Shareholder event, Purvis was reelected by his fellow CO-OP Board members to a second year as CO-OP’s Chairperson. His two Board Officer colleagues were also reelected to their positions: Benson Porter to Vice-Chairperson and Joan Opp to Treasurer/Secretary. Opp is President/CEO of Stanford FCU of Palo Alto, California.

During the Shareholders Meeting, conducted “virtually,” Purvis stated in the Chairperson’s Report, “The long-term goals set by CO-OP’s Board and management team are more relevant than ever as we are seeing an acceleration to digital. Prior to COVID – for nearly four years – CO-OP has been committed to the digital transformation of its own workforce and infrastructure, for the benefit of its client credit unions. CO-OP’s financial health is absolutely robust, and this reinvestment is part of our long-term strategy to keep it that way, while maintaining the company’s critical role in the overall health of the credit union movement.”

In addition to the Directors mentioned, the following credit union executives also serve on CO-OP’s Board: Jackie Buchanan, President/CEO of Genisys CU, Auburn Hills, Michigan; Wayne Grosse, President/CEO of Bethpage FCU, Bethpage, New York; John Janclaes, President/CEO of Partners FCU, Burbank, California; Theresa Mann, Chief Risk Officer of NASA FCU, Upper Marlboro, Maryland; and Todd Marksberry, President/CEO of Canvas CU, Lone Tree, Colorado.

Purvis also recognized two Board members who concluded their service on the Board. David Mooney, President/CEO of Alliant CU of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, resigned July 31 in connection with his recent retirement announcement; and Lisa Schlehuber, President/CEO of Elements Financial FCU of Indianapolis, Indiana, who completed her third and final three-year term on the Board. 

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