Suncoast Credit Union announces new CEO

TALLAHASSEE, FL (July 6, 2016) — Suncoast Credit Union announces the appointment of Kevin Johnson as the new President and CEO, effective October 1, 2016. Suncoast, with assets of $7.5 billion and more than 700,000 members, is the largest credit union in Florida, serving 21 counties with 60 branches. Johnson’s appointment follows the retirement of former President and CEO Tom Dorety, who served in the role for 20 years.

“The Board of Directors is fully confident in Kevin’s capability to lead Suncoast forward based on his demonstrated lead- ership as well as his strategic initiatives for the industry as a whole,” says Velia Pedrero, Chairman of the Suncoast Credit Union Board of Directors. “Kevin has been an advocate for Suncoast since he began his career here 31 years ago, and his impactful service gave us the certainty we needed in naming him to this position.”

Johnson has been with the credit union since 1985, leading the organization’s transition into information technology and heading its Members Contact Center and payment services divisions. Prior to his appointment, he served as Suncoast’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, where he collaborated with the CEO, Senior Management and the Board of Directors on strategy and organizational leadership and was directly involved with strategic planning, product development, member support, digital delivery channels, payment services, industry partnerships, political advocacy and process improvement.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our remarkable organization into the future,” says Johnson. “Suncoast’s Board of Directors and employees have a long history of maximizing financial services to bring value to members. One of our strengths is our team, and I look forward to working with them to sustain our excellent track record of serving mem- bers while looking for new ways to continue improving the member experience. Working with Tom Dorety has thoroughly prepared me, and I am grateful for his strong leadership under which I have served for over two decades now. Tom has instilled in me and in many others the vision, work ethic and leadership skills that will make us all successful for years to come. I’m confident it will make all the difference in making our members’ financial lives even better.”

As an advocate for the credit union difference, Johnson serves as Board Secretary of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) and as Director of the Board of LSCU’s Leverage Service Corporation. Additionally he is actively in- volved as a trustee of the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation, as a member of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Payments Subcommittee and as a member of the Symitar Advisory Board. He previously served as a member of the CUNA Technology Council and as Director of Result <150 (Web Sources, LLC). Additionally, Johnson participates in a national consortium with innovative credit unions for collaboration on strategic industry initiatives.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Tampa, as well as a Certified Credit Union Executive designation from CUNA.

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About Suncoast Credit Union

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the 10th largest in the United States based on membership, and the 10th largest in the United States based on its $15 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 75 full-service branches and serves more than one million members in 40 counties across Florida. As a community credit union, anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Suncoast Credit Union’s service area is eligible for membership. In 2021, Suncoast Credit Union’s field of membership was expanded to include public K-12 teachers, college educators, and educational support staff from all of Florida’s 67 counties. Suncoast is passionate about community support. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $36 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education, and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit or follow us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.


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