Ent Federal Credit Union CEO to retire, board names successor

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 19, 2014) — Ent Federal Credit Union has announced that CEO Charles Emmer will retire in October 2014, after leading the organization for 18 years.

Emmer joined Ent as CEO in 1996. Under his leadership, Ent’s assets have grown from $1.04 billion to more than $4.0 billion, while membership increased from 151,710 to more than 236,000. Part of the organization’s growth is due to five mergers during Emmer’s tenure, which expanded Ent’s footprint into the Pueblo, Denver and Firestone markets.

Ent’s board of directors has unanimously chosen Randy Bernstein, Ent’s current president, to succeed Emmer as president and CEO.

“Randy’s experience at Ent, industry knowledge and leadership skills make him the ideal choice to succeed Charles as CEO. He and Charles have worked together to lead Ent for nearly two decades, guiding the credit union through several economic downturns to deliver unprecedented growth in assets and membership. We expect this leadership transition to be a smooth one for both Ent’s members and its employees,” said Tim Rickert, chairman of Ent’s board of directors.

Since joining Ent as a member of the executive leadership team in 1997, Bernstein has led most of Ent’s operating divisions, initially serving as vice president of operations, then executive vice president and chief operating officer, before being named president in 2011.

“Randy has been an integral part of Ent for the past 17 years. His depth of experience in the credit union industry – spanning operations, information technology and member service – makes him invaluable to Ent’s continued success,” Charles Emmer said.

Prior to joining Ent, Bernstein was executive vice president for a credit union consulting firm in Texas and senior vice president of operations at a credit union in New York. Bernstein is a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and Leadership Pikes Peak programs and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from York College – City University of New York.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve Ent’s board of directors and our membership. I look forward to continuing Ent’s role as a model community partner as we carry out our mission to provide the products, services, financial education and advice our members need to improve their quality of life,” Randy Bernstein said.

About Ent

Ent Federal Credit Union, established in 1957, is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado with more than $4.0 billion in assets and more than 236,000 members. The credit union provides a full range of financial solutions through 27 service centers throughout Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Pueblo and Denver. They offer members online, mobile and telephone banking services, a Colorado call center and both a consumer and mortgage loan center.  Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Denver, El Paso, Pueblo and Teller counties, as well as select communities in Weld, Adams and Arapahoe counties. Ent is federally insured by the NCUA.

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