Michigan Story Archive


Michigan’s Dort Financial Announce New CEO Brian Waldron

February 15, 2022 —  Dort Financial Credit Union announces the appointment of Brian Waldron as their next Chief Executive Officer. Waldron will assume the responsibilities on March 18, 2022, and will succeed Vicki Hawkins, who is retiring in April.

“I grew up in Northwest Ohio but have always rooted for Michigan (you can thank my grandma). I attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, and began my credit union journey in Dayton, OH,” said Waldron, who looks forward to moving to the Grand Blanc area with his wife of 20 years, Alicia, and their three boys. “Coming back to Michigan after more than a decade away is like coming home.”

“I am honored to be joining Dort Financial Credit Union, and I am thankful for the Board of Directors for allowing me the opportunity,” he continued. “I look forward to working with the board to meet the opportunities and face the challenges ahead. I have always believed in the mission of credit unions and the idea of ‘people helping people’ and making a difference in the lives of their members. I am excited to begin working with the staff at Dort Financial in making a difference in the lives of its current and future members.”

Waldron has served in multiple executive roles. Most recently, he served as SVP of Lending/Chief Lending Officer at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union ($6.4B assets) in Poughkeepsie, NY. Previously held positions include AVP at Universal 1 Credit Union and Chief Lending Officer at Scott Credit Union.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we welcome Brian Waldron to Dort Financial Credit Union and look forward to a collaborative partnership in maintaining our current success and taking advantage of the market and community opportunities,” said Board Chair Wayne Natzke.

Traverse City Area Public Schools Get $9K in Support from TBACU

January 6, 2022 — TBA Credit Union recently donated $9,000 to support Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). A portion of the donation will specifically support the district’s Learning, Enrichment and Athletic Program (LEAP).

LEAP helps increase opportunities for students, from preschool to 12th grade, to engage beyond the school day with educational and recreational activities to improve learning, health and wellness. The remaining funds will be used to purchase dry erase markers, water bottles and help provide professional development support.

“TBA Credit Union was founded by Traverse City educators back in 1955, and education is the core of our culture and mission,” said TBACU President/CEO Karen Browne. “Supporting TCAPS through the Learning, Enrichment, and Athletics Program, as well as providing essential classroom tools is a natural fit for our community-based financial institution.”

“This donation is more important than ever as so many of our students have heightened needs due to the pandemic,” said TCAPS Executive Director of Communications Ginger Smith, whose office helps coordinate community partnerships. “Through the support of partners like TBA Credit Union, we are able to continue to offer programs that enrich student’s educational experience.”

Seven Michigan Credit Unions Named Best to Work For in 2021

August 31, 2021 — American Banker (formerly Credit Union Journal) released their annual list of Best Credit Unions to Work For, featuring 55 national credit unions.

“From providing stipends for home office expenses to increased access to telehealth visits to safely bringing employees back to the office, these credit union executives placed employees’ needs first,” said W.B. King of American Banker.

Of the 55 credit unions listed, seven are based in Michigan: Consumers Credit Union, MSU Federal Credit Union, University of Michigan Credit Union, Michigan First Credit Union, Astera Credit Union, Arbor Financial Credit Union, Financial Plus Credit Union.

“I am proud to see such strong representation for Michigan credit unions on Annual Banker’s annual list of Best Credit Unions to Work For,” said MCUL CEO Patty Corkery. “Our state’s credit union movement works tirelessly to create vibrant workplace cultures where team members not only feel comfortable but are also able to grow and thrive, professionally.”


Six Michigan Credit Unions Named Top-Performing in Country
The strength of the Michigan credit union movement represented on S&P Global’s latest ranking.

April 7, 2021 — In a recent ranking by the S&P Global Market Intelligence, six Michigan credit unions placed in the country’s top 100 performing credit unions: Genisys Credit Union, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Consumers Credit Union, St. Francis X Federal Credit Union, Frankenmuth Credit Union and Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU).

“Despite going through a challenging year filled with economic uncertainty, we have seen community banks and credit unions play a significant role in their regional markets, providing support and essential services needed in their local communities,” said S&P Global Senior Director of Financial Institutions Jimmy Pittenger. “I’m thrilled to see these community banks and credit unions thrive in a challenging time and proud to recognize these top-performing local financial institutions in our annual rankings.”

“It’s great to see Michigan credit unions so well represented on S&P Global’s latest ranking,” said MCUL CEO Dave Adams. “That these six credit unions are of various asset sizes and operate from multiple regions within the state speaks to how strong the Michigan credit union movement is as a whole.”

Click here to access the full list of top performing U.S. community banks and credit unions for 2020.


Credit Union Trust Receives Approval from the State of Michigan
Nov. 5, 2018 – Today, organizers of Credit Union Trust announced they have received approval from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, Office of Banking to proceed with plans to establish the new, limited-purpose financial institution.

Credit unions apply to form limited purpose bank for investments
Aug. 1, 2018 — Earlier this week, seven Michigan credit unions applied with the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services to establish a limited-purpose financial institution that will provide trust services primarily to credit union members. While the organizers anticipate approval, regulators have 100 days to grant such authority.

MI’s Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union conserved
Jan. 13, 2016 — To protect membership and to ensure uninterrupted access to funds, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) today took action to conserve Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union (CBCCU) in Clarkston, MI.

North Farmington Senior Earns $5,000 Credit Union Scholarship
May 14, 2015 – One local high school student, as well as 19 other students from the metro Detroit area, received scholarships totaling $100,000 for dedicating their minds to improving Michigan’s future.

Kolhoff Appointed to NASCUS Performance Standards Committee
March 18, 2015 – John Kolhoff, director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Office of Credit Unions and an active member of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS), has been appointed to the NASCUS Performance Standards Committee (PSC).


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