Members Cooperative Credit Union announces new President and Chief Executive Officer

ATKIN, MN (October 13, 2020) — The $907 million Members Cooperative Credit Union is pleased to announce the selection of Steve Ewers as the credit union’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Tammy Heikkinen.

Heikkinen served as the credit union’s President/CEO for the last 12 years. “The Board would like to thank Tammy for her service and dedication to the credit union and wish her a happy retirement,” said Board Chair, Russell Salgy.

Regarding Mr. Ewers, Mr. Salgy says, “We could not be more excited to welcome Mr. Ewers to Members Cooperative Credit Union. With Steve’s extensive industry experience and education, we feel confident we have selected the right person for the job. We look forward to watching the credit union continue to flourish under his lead.”

Ewers brings over 22 years of industry experience, and most recently served as the SVP, CIO for University and State Employees Credit Union in San Diego, CA. Prior to that, Steve held senior level IT roles at University Federal Credit Union in Austin, TX, Ent Credit Union in Colorado Springs, CO, Wescom Credit Union in Pasadena, CA, and Redwood Credit Union in Santa Rosa, CA, where he joined the credit union movement in 1998 as a Vice President of IT. Ewers holds a Master of Business Administration from Capella University, a Bachelor of Arts from Sonoma State University, along with CUES I-III and CSME designations.

About his new role, Mr. Ewers shares, “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to lead such a prestigious organization and one for which I have a great deal of admiration. It’s an honor to be entrusted by the board, and I’m excited about serving Members Cooperative Credit Union’s membership and employees while fulfilling our greater vision and mission in the community.”

Steve Ewers

About Members Cooperative Credit Union (MCCU)

Members Cooperative Credit Union was founded the spring of 1936, when a group from the Cloquet area envisioned a better way of getting the financial services they and their community needed. They became the charter members of Cloquet Co-op Credit Union. In the decades that followed, the credit union grew, adding branches and expanding into Duluth, McGregor, and Aitkin, and changing its name to better reflect its growing membership. In 2015, the credit union merged with Lake State CU, integrating the Moose Lake, Sandstone, North Branch, and Isanti locations. In 2017, a merger with Lakes Area FCU added a Grand Rapids location, and most recently, the credit union opened a Brainerd Lakes Area branch in Baxter. Today, MCCU has grown to serve over 55,000 members. Their confidence and continued support have made it the largest credit union based north of the Twin Cities. MCCU is proud to continue the community-focused legacy their founders envisioned, and to empower new generations of members and their families. For more information, please visit


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