CommunityAmerica names Lisa Ginter as new CEO

COO earns top post as part of planned succession
LENEXA, KS (January 29, 2015) — Kansas City-based CommunityAmerica Credit Union’s Board of Directors has named Lisa Ginter its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)— effective March 1—as part of a planned succession for retiring CEO Dennis Pierce, who led the credit union for more than twenty years. Ginter had been serving as the Credit Union’s Chief Operating Officer. This transition comes on the heels of a record year, with CommunityAmerica returning a Profit Payout of over $6 Million, or an average of nearly $90 per qualifying household. 
“We are pleased and excited for Lisa to take the reins of what is one of the country’s largest and most successful credit unions,” said Brad Douglas, CommunityAmerica Board Chairman. “We know the organization will be in talented and capable hands. Lisa offers strength and continuity for our continued success as she is already heavily involved in leading the daily operations and management of our strategic vision. Her values-based leadership fits perfectly in helping us achieve our mission of building financial success for our membership. She will take us beyond that as we continue to grow and attract members who want a better banking alternative.” 
During Lisa’s nearly 20 years with CommunityAmerica, she helped grow the credit union from five branches to 28, while also growing assets to nearly $2 Billion. Throughout her tenure, she has been recognized as an industry thought leader, holding the designation of Certified Chief Executive Officer (CCE) from the Credit Union Executives Society. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Institute at Harvard Business School and was recently selected as a “Women Who Mean Business” honoree by the Kansas City Business Journal. More recently, she was selected as one of KC Magazine‘s “Influential Women.” In 2009, Lisa co-founded Women’s Association of Credit Union Leaders (WACUL) in the KC metro area that helps women leaders in credit unions foster a network of growth and learning. Additionally, in 2014, Lisa helped launch Women2Women, an organization of women executives at $1 Billion-plus credit unions whose mission is to learn from each other and exchange ideas.
“I look forward to expanding upon the wonderful foundation we have built together over the years,” Ginter said. “In collaboration with our Board and executive team, we have plans to help more and more Kansas Citians achieve financial peace of mind, something I feel personally passionate about. Through innovative new branch concepts to game-changing products and top-tier deposit and loan rates, we’re on a path of advancement that competes with any financial institution. When these are coupled with our not-for-profit business model, it becomes clear that we live up to our ‘Profit to the People’ mantra every single day. I’m humbled to have been chosen to lead CommunityAmerica Credit Union in such a noble endeavor.” 
About CommunityAmerica Credit Union
CommunityAmerica Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with more than 190,000 members nationwide. As of Nov. 2014, CommunityAmerica had more than $1.9 billion in assets, ranking it among the nation’s largest credit unions. Based on deposits, CommunityAmerica ranks among the top 10 Kansas City-based financial institutions. There are 27 CommunityAmerica branches in Kansas City, and one in St. Louis.
CommunityAmerica provides a full suite of financial products, including checking, savings, money markets, mortgages and a variety of loan products to meet consumer needs. As a not-for-profit financial institution, CommunityAmerica offers highly competitive rates on deposits, loans and investments, and fewer, lower or no fees at all. Other convenient products and services include a network of more than 30,000 ATMs, 24-hour online, telephone and mobile banking, Visa credit cards, insurance and financial planning. For more information, visit  

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