CU Evolution hires Lorri Gaither as Senior Development Strategist

CROSS ROADS, TEXAS (July 8, 2020) — Credit union service organization CU Evolution today announced the addition of Lorri Gaither, who joins the organization as a senior development strategist.

Gaither comes to CU Evolution with more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Most recently, Gaither served as the vice president of operations and engagement for Cornerstone Credit Union League based in Plano, Texas. There, she led the development of nearly 300 affiliated credit unions with assets of up to $100 million. Gaither’s team was instrumental in facilitating the growth and continued success of these credit union partners and their members.

Additionally, Gaither provided strategic advice and facilitated communication, action and cooperation toward shared goals in multiple staff liaison roles.

Gaither attended Southwest CUNA Management School and has earned several professional designations, including the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) and Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE). She was also named a Credit Union Rock Star by Credit Union Magazine and was awarded one of the League’s highest honors, the Heusman Award, for her dedication and service to Cornerstone credit unions.

“Lorri brings knowledge, experience and an unparalleled passion for credit unions to CU Evolution. She is certainly a great compliment to the CU Evolution team,” said Howard Bufe, CU Evolution president and CEO. “Lorri is recognized within the industry as someone with a unique ability to understand the needs of small, although growth-minded, credit unions. Her talents will lead to new opportunities for CU Evolution and our valued members and clients. We are confident her differentiating strategies and collaborating spirit will greatly assist our credit union partners.”

Lorri Gaither

About CU Evolution

In early 2018, CU Evolution evolved from LiFE Federal Credit Union in Denton, Texas. Just a few months later, Family 1st of Texas Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas, engaged in the credit union service organization (CUSO) as its second owner. The mission of the CUSO is to facilitate strategy and growth of credit unions through a robust menu of resources to ensure the credit union movement continues to evolve and thrive. To learn more, visit and follow CU Evolution on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


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