GTE Financial CEO to speak on inclusive leadership at NCUA’s DEI & Access Summit

TAMPA, FL (November 1, 2022) — Brian Best, President, and CEO of GTE Financial, one of Tampa Bay’s largest financial institutions, will speak at this year’s National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) DEI & Access Summit. Best will speak on how to be an inclusive leader and explain his journey of embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion at GTE.

“At GTE Financial, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive financial institution that welcomes people from all backgrounds and with different perspectives,” says Best. “I am honored to be able to speak on how we innovatively and successfully serve diverse communities and how we celebrate our members and employees throughout the year.”

GTE Financial officially launched its DEI Program in 2019. The credit union makes an effort to build a workforce that reflects the growth and diversity within the neighborhoods they serve. GTE’s commitment to DEI expands throughout Tampa Bay, specifically the Hispanic and Latino communities. 36% of GTE’s workforce is bilingual, and there is a Spanish-speaking team member at every Community Financial Center and department. GTE continues to invest in building experiences, products, services, education, and development activities that serve a diverse membership.

The Summit will include panel discussions with diversity, equity, and inclusion experts, fireside chats, roundtables, and keynote speakers. Session topics cover a wide range of DEI-related areas like how to build a successful DEI program, including programs for the LGBTQ+ and disability communities; cryptocurrency and the unbanked; digital access; and inclusive lending.

The NCUA’s DEI & Access summit will take place November 2-4. To reserve a virtual free spot, visit

About the National Credit Union Administration

Created by the U.S. Congress in 1970, the National Credit Union Administration is an independent federal agency that insures deposits at federally insured credit unions, protects the members who own credit unions, and charters and regulates federal credit unions. To learn more information, visit

About GTE Financial

GTE Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative located throughout West Central Florida with $2.9 billion in assets and 24 Community Financial Centers. Chartered in 1935, GTE Financial is the official credit union of the Tampa Bay Lightning and is locally owned and operated in the Tampa Bay area, serving more than 230,000 individuals and businesses. For more information on GTE Financial, visit For more information, interviews, or media requests, please call (813) 644-7443 or email Savannah Cruz at


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