Credit union CEO retires after 45 years

HOUSTON, TX (September 6, 2023) — CEO Brian Gilbert announced he is retiring from Members Trust Federal Credit Union on September 30th, 2023, after serving the credit union for 45 years and the last 13 years as CEO.

Brian was first hired in April 1978 as an Assistant Manager with very little knowledge of finance. With a background in agriculture, he assisted in handling agricultural loans and was able to learn some accounting and finance along the way. Gilbert is a graduate of Southwest CUNA Management School and a Certified Credit Union Executive.

In 1978, the credit union had $8 million in assets and four employees. Then known as Houston Milk Producers Federal Credit Union, there followed several mergers and a name change in 2000. The credit union has grown to $230 million in assets and added 27 employees with a branch in Houston and Stephenville, Texas.

“When I started this journey on April 16, 1978, I would have never guessed that it would last over 45 years. The opportunities I’ve had and the people, both members and fellow employees, that I have crossed paths with, have been amazing. I have been very fortunate to have this opportunity.”

Not only has Brian dedicated his time to the credit union, but he also has volunteered with many organizations. He was an inaugural member of the Southwest Lending Council and Conference Committee, served as a director on the Southwest CUNA Management School Alumni Association, a  board member of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Alumni Association, a board member of the Heights Chamber of Commerce, and the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions, in addition to, holding various volunteer positions with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Gilbert’s dedication to each member does not go unnoticed. “He tries to meet every single member’s needs, from the little things to the big issues. He dedicates the same time to big accounts and small accounts. Everybody is an equal member,” said Liliana Canga.

Liliana Canga is replacing Gilbert as the new President/CEO of Members Trust Federal Credit Union. She has worked for MTFCU for 25 years.

About Members Trust Federal Credit Union

Members Trust Federal Credit Union is dedicated to the philosophy of "members helping members" in a professional environment, by providing all member-owners with quality financial services based on sound business practices and by delivering these in an efficient and friendly manner.


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