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CU Retirements: 1st Financial COO Mary Jo Garofalo & Envista CEO Glen Scott

It's been a busy month for credit unions, including the retirements of Mary Jo Garofalo, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union's (Wentzville, MO) COO, and Glen Scott, Envista Credit Union's (Topeka, KS) president/CEO.

1st Financial Chief Operations Officer to Retire after 35 Years at Credit Union

1st Financial Federal Credit Union recently announced the retirement of chief operations officer, Mary Jo Garofalo. Mary Jo began her career at 1st Financial as a part-time file clerk in 1981. Since then she has played many roles at 1st Financial including loan administrator, Visa program manager, branch manager, and vice president of operations.

In 2007, Mary Jo assumed the role of chief operations officer at 1st Financial. She currently oversees the daily operations of their four local branches and oversees the contact center.

“Mary Jo has made a significant contribution to 1st Financial and her DNA has been woven into the very fabric of this organization,” said Carol Minges, 1st Financial CEO. “We will miss her unfiltered words of wisdom, humor and unique view of life.”

Mary Jo participated in introducing the idea of bringing credit union shared branching to Missouri, and 1st Financial was the first credit union in the United States to open accounts for other credit unions as part of the shared branch network. The shared branch network is now a nationwide network of more than 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs and 5,000 credit union shared branch locations.

Mary Jo also spearheaded the introduction of many new products and services for 1st Financial members like mobile and online banking, mobile wallets, SnapDeposit, RollUp Savings, and instant issue debit cards.

“While we are thrilled for Mary Jo and her new found freedom it is difficult to see her go,” said Michelle Rosner, chief lending officer. “She embodies what credit unions are about…she enjoys helping people. Whether giving her managers the autonomy to grow their branches or giving life lessons in leadership, Mary Jo’s presence will be greatly missed. We are a better credit union because of Mary Jo.”

Following Mary Jo’s retirement, Lone Callahan will assume the title of vice president of member experience at 1st Financial. Callahan was the vice president Branch Operations at Harvester Financial Credit Union in Indianapolis.

Check out the video from Mary Jo's surprise retirement party

Envista Credit Union's President/CEO Retires After 41 Years

Ron Smeltzer Glen Scott 

Effective December 31, Glen Scott retired as president/CEO of Envista Credit Union. He has worked for the credit union for 41 years, and he stepped into the role of president/CEO in 1991. During his leadership, the credit union has grown from about $15 million in assets to over $320 million, approximately 4,000 members to 38,000 members, and from one branch to nine full-service branches in Topeka, Hutchinson and Lawrence.

"Glen’s proactive attitude and his strong desire to always put the members first led to many new products and services added over the years," said Dan Ramsey, chairman of the Envista Credit Union Board. "This list includes local and national shared branching, a large network of no surcharge ATM access, 1st mortgage services and home equity loans, checking accounts with debit cards and online bill pay services, a mobile app with mobile deposit, VISA credit cards, phone and online banking, a full line of business services, wealth management services and youth accounts."

Ramsey also noted that Glen, along with several other credit unions, was instrumental in the creation of the Topeka Credit Union Foundation, an organization set up to provide philanthropic opportunities in the communities that Envista Credit Union serves. 

"Glen’s dedication to Envista Credit Union and contributions to the credit union movement will always be remembered," continued Ramsey. "We wish him well as he moves into his retirement years knowing he will enjoy greater opportunity to spend quality time with his large family."

Glen's successor is Ronald D. Smeltzer, who has worked in various capacities for Envista Credit Union since 1989. He has been the executive vice president for 14 years. He is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the membership as the new president/CEO effective January 1, 2017. 

“We have an excellent team of professionals working for Envista today and I look forward to leading them in the years ahead," said Ron. 

The Envista Credit Union staff even made a few videos in honor of Glen. Here's his tribute video and the Glen Scott Project video!