Benecke announces retirement from Wildfire Credit Union

SAGINAW, MICHIGAN (September 7, 2023)Longtime CEO of Wildfire Credit Union, Timothy Benecke announces plans to retire in the first half of 2024.  Benecke joined Wildfire 15 years ago as President and CEO, following positions as CEO of Financial Edge Credit Union and vice president of Dow Credit Union.  With more than 47,000 members and 185 employees, the credit union has re-branded, completed several building projects, and is implementing a state-of-the-art digital platform.  Benecke also served on the Michigan Credit Union League Board of Directors for 15 years.

The Wildfire Board of Directors has retained D. Hilton Associates to assist in a national search for Benecke’s successor.

About Wildfire Credit Union

Wildfire Credit Union is headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan with full-service branches in Midland, Saginaw, and Bay City. The credit union has $1 billion in assets, has more than 48,000 members, and has a state-wide charter. Wildfire, formerly Communications Family Credit Union (re-branded in 2009), was established in 1937 to serve telephone employees. As with many credit unions of the era, it has humble beginnings and is built on the foundation of personal financial support for each member. Today, each of its 185 employees strives to offer distinctive service in-person, online, or over the phone. Wildfire is a strong leader in the community, supporting many interests that align with the interests of its membership. For more information, please visit:


Sarah Hilton
SVP of D. Hilton Associates
800.367.0433 x 133

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