Filer Credit Union appoints new CEO

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MANISTEE – Filer Credit Union recently announced changes to its management.

Kyle Gurzynski will be CEO of the credit union beginning April 25. He is expected to replace Patty Preuss, who will retire from the credit union after 28 years.

“Kyle Gurzynski joins a team at Filer that is strong and committed to serving its members and continuing to be the preferred banking destination in West Michigan,” read a press release.

Gurzynski was previously executive vice president of Safe Harbor Credit Union, where he oversaw branch operations, marketing, financial education outreach, asset and liability management, human resources and community partnerships. .


In his new role as CEO, Gurzynski is expected to work with Filer Credit Union’s Board of Directors to drive the organization’s mission and strategic direction, coordinate resources, and navigate the changing regulatory and economic environment. .

“I am thrilled to join this strong team in the communities we serve. We have a great opportunity as a credit union to make a big difference in the lives of many people in our communities,” Gurzynski said in a statement. hurry. “I will make sure we continue to do that and more. Patty has been a great leader for this credit union and will be sorely missed, and we are thrilled to have her enjoying her retirement.”

Preuss started working at Filer Credit Union in 1994 and became CEO in 2009. She plans her official retirement date of April 29. Until then, she will work with Gurzynski to brief him on Filer Credit Union’s missions and initiatives, according to a statement.

“I am honored to have been able to serve our members for the past 28 years,” Preuss said in the press release. “I’ve worked with some great people and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at the credit union. Our Board of Directors did a great job selecting Kyle as our next CEO. I’m confident our credit union s “will do well in the future. I will miss the employees, our board of directors, our committees and of course our members, and I wish them all the best.”

While in retirement, Preuss plans to spend more time with family, friends and volunteering in the community.

“The Board of Directors sincerely appreciates Patty’s leadership at Filer Credit Union,” FCU Board Chairman Wayne Bernier said in a press release. “Filer Credit Union has been fortunate to have Patty’s consistent leadership, her unwavering vision, commitment to excellence and focus on member service have made our credit union one of the best financial institutions in the world. Manistee County for seven consecutive years.”

Bernier said that under Preuss’s leadership, the credit union grew to more than 10,000 members and more than $200 million in assets, as well as opening a third branch in Bear Lake. Filer Credit Union has been giving back to its communities since 1951 with offices in Manistee and Bear Lake.

“A top priority for Patty and her leadership team is that we remain at the forefront of financial services and programs to meet the needs of our growing members,” he said. “Patty is highly respected by the community in which she serves. The entire Board appreciates her dedication and commitment and would like to acknowledge her many years of service. We will all miss her very much. We wish her much happiness as she continues to she is embarking on the next exciting chapter of her life and leaves a lasting legacy that we are all proud of at Filer Credit Union.”

Gurzynski joins Filer Credit Uniont with over 10 years of experience in the financial industry. He holds a double major from Calvin University in Corporate Finance and Economics. He is also a 2018 graduate of CUNA Management School, a three-year program at the University of Wisconsin, where he received the industry Certified Credit Union Executive designation.

In addition to his CCUE certification, Gurzynski also holds certifications as a Credit Union Development Educator and Certified Specialist under the Bank Secrecy Act. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Credit Union Foundation and sits on numerous other boards and committees.

“Even though there is a transition in leadership, we will always provide the best service to members in the industry and hope to bring new and innovative products and services to our members. We will continue to live the mission of the credit union everyday people helping people as we grow this credit union together in our communities,” said Gurzynski.

Gurzynski and his wife Sarah have two children: a daughter, Parker, and a son, Hudson.

When he’s not actively involved in giving back to the community, Gurzynski enjoys golfing, hunting, spending time outdoors, mentoring young professionals and being involved in sports. “However, most of his free time is spent raising his young children with his wife,” read a press release.

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