2021 brings new CEOs to TelComm CU and United Consumers CU

Published 1.1.2021

Several credit unions rung in 2021 with new leadership. TelComm Credit Union (Springfield, MO) welcomed new CEO Jessica Shorney on Jan. 1, 2021, succeeding retiring Don Ackerman. Jay Neathery will step into the president position at United Consumers Credit Union (Kansas City, MO), with retiring CEO Chris McCreary staying on as executive vice president. 

Jessica Shorney promoted to CEO at TelComm Credit Union

TelComm Credit Union welcomed Jessica Shorney as its new CEO on Jan. 1, 2021. Shorney succeeds Don Ackerman, who retired as CEO on Dec. 31, 2020 after 24 years of service.

Shorney, a 15-year TelComm employee, started as an accounting clerk in 2005 and rose to the position of chief financial officer prior to accepting the position of incoming CEO. As a graduate of Missouri State University, Shorney earned a B.S. and a Masters in Accounting as well as a Certified Public Accountant designation.

Shorney says, “The People Helping People mission is my passion! I look forward to working with our members, volunteers and staff to move TelComm Credit Union forward, building on our financial strength and our ongoing commitment to serve our neighbors in the southwest Missouri area.”

Shorney and Ackerman are working together to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of member service in the weeks and months ahead.

Chris McCreary steps into new position after 25+ years as United Consumers Credit Union president

United Consumers Credit Union president Chris McCreary has officially retired as the head of the credit union, but he’s not going far! McCreary has moved into the credit union’s executive vice president (EVP) position.

During his tenure as president, McCreary made many improvements and updates by increasing branches and adding ATMs, debit and ATM cards, telephone, online and mobile account access, plus an expanded network of branches and ATMs.

Jay Neathery, the credit union’s former EVP, has filled the president position.

McCreary is proud of the progress and improvements United Consumers Credit Union made while he was president. “We had two branches when I started, and now we have four,” he says. “Plus, we’re much more automated now.”

McCreary came to United Consumers in July 1993 from Wichita Boeing Employees Credit Union, now Meritrust Credit Union, where he served as chief financial officer. A Wichita State University alum with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, McCreary has been part of the financial services industry for more than 30 years, but first got his start at CPA firms.

“Our board of directors and staff – myself especially – deeply appreciate Chris’ service to United Consumers Credit Union and our members,” says Neathery. “I’m glad he’s staying on to help shape United Consumers’ future ambitions.” 

A strong supporter of the credit union movement, McCreary served on our board, the Heartland Credit Union Association Board of Directors, as well as on the boards of Millennium Corporate Credit Union and indirect lending CUSO Credit Union Lending Systems. Locally, he serves on the Northwest Communities Development Corporation board.