US Community Credit Union announces CEO retirement, appoints new leader

NASHVILLE, TN (March 31, 2022) — US Community Credit Union announces the upcoming retirement of CEO/President, Paul Johnson on March 31, 2022. Current credit union Chief Operating Officer, Ben Johnson, has been appointed by the US Community Credit Union Board of Directors to take the lead on April 1, 2022.

“We are tremendously grateful for Paul’s leadership throughout the past 12 years as CEO, as well as throughout his 25-year career with the credit union,” said Board Chairman Gary Stinson. “We are also excited to welcome Ben into his new position. He and Paul have worked closely together for many years, and they have been working in tandem to ensure a smooth transition.”

During Paul’s tenure as President/CEO, the credit union marched into the digital age, expanded its service charter multiple times to ensure more members could access credit union products, and became a certified underserved credit union, receiving grants from the state to help the credit union offer lending and account services to people in every life stage. Under his leadership, the credit union doubled its asset size, and launched two high school student-run branches and numerous elementary and middle school financial literacy programs. Paul and Ben both place emphasis on growing lending operations and expanding membership at the credit union.

“I have been fortunate to work alongside incredible people day in and day out who share the same focus on our mission and core values,” said Paul. “Serving our members remains the top priority, and I know that will continue once the baton is passed to Ben.”

“It has been a privilege to grow my career under Paul,” said Ben, “and I am honored the Board of Directors have entrusted me to be the next leader of US Community Credit Union. Paul has built an incredible organization, and I am excited to continue his hard work and legacy, bringing the credit union into the next phase of success.”

The Board of Directors announced Ben’s appointment as new CEO with confidence in his skillset and excitement for his leadership.

“The credit union is in an exciting time, and it is important to us our new leader understands our rich history and shares our same desire to remain relevant to those we serve. Ben has been with the credit union for over thirteen years, and we are confident in his direction,” said Stinson.

The credit union said it has been actively working towards a management succession plan over the past three years and announced current Chief Financial Officer, Nathan Brown, has been named as the new Executive Vice President. Kim Lamont will continue her leadership of the Lending team as the Vice President of Lending, and Buddy Brent has been named the Chief Relationship Manager.


About US Community Credit Union

US Community Credit Union has been serving Middle Tennessee since 1949. This not-for-profit financial cooperative provides members with access to exceptional financial products and services to help them reach their financial dreams. Visit one of USCCU’s 7 local branches and see what they can do for you. US Community Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA.


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