Unitus Honors Military; SELCO Announces Promotion
July 2, 2019
Unitus Community Credit Union believes there is no better time than the weeks between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July to celebrate our nation’s current and veteran service members.
To show support, Unitus recently collaborated with the U.S. Navy by hosting the five-member United States Navy Rock Band to perform at Unitus Plaza in downtown Portland. The event drew a big crowd and the credit union plans to hold it again next year as an expanded version, according to Unitus President and CEO, Steve Stapp.
“We received a lot of feedback about how talented the band was, which made it an even more distinct honor to have them at the Plaza,” said Stapp. “We are currently brainstorming ways we could expand on this year’s performance, with a focus on honoring our veterans specifically.”
Additionally, as a way to foster his family heritage, Stapp recently recruited his son, Robbie, to join him aboard the destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91). They boarded in Astoria, Oregon, and traveled the Columbia River to Portland. The following day, Stapp and Marketing Manager Lori Fink had breakfast with Rear Admiral Yvette M. Davids, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, aboard the Pinckney.
Stapp will continue to collaborate, as he has been invited to a U.S. Navy Overnight Embark aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as part of the Commander Naval Air Forces Distinguished Visitor Embark Program. He will fly out to the naval aircraft carrier while at sea, experience an arrested landing on the ship, stay aboard overnight, and embark with an aircraft catapult launch the following morning.
“To see a thriving organization [Unitus] reach out and support U.S. Military personnel, in this case the U.S. Navy, is important,” said Marc Knutson, Navy Veteran and Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Navy Recruiting District in Portland. “As a Vietnam vet, it is very gratifying to build positive relations between the military and a public entity as influential as Unitus.”
Stapp agrees that collaborations between businesses and the military strengthen communities and the people who live and work there.
“Unitus honors all the heroes in our community who serve in the U.S military and the first responders who keep our community safe and secure,” said Stapp.
In his new role as Branch Manager, Tim Dizney will oversee all day-to-day operations at SELCO’s two Redmond, Oregon, branches. Along with these duties, Dizney will also mentor and coach his team on community relationship building.
Dizney joined SELCO in 2017, serving as the assistant branch manager at the credit union’s East Bend branch. Prior to working for SELCO, Dizney spent three years at Pentagon Federal Credit Union in Eugene, Oregon. He held several positions at Pentagon, climbing the ranks from member service representative to assistant manager. Currently Dizney serves as secretary for the Central Oregon Chapter of Credit Unions.
“Tim has in-depth knowledge of the financial industry and a passion to serve his community,” said Sandy Wagner, SELCO Central Oregon Regional Manager. “With his commitment to member service and strong leadership skills, Tim will be able to provide support for our team and our team members. We are excited to have Tim join our Redmond branch teams.”
Dizney grew up in Eugene and graduated from University of Oregon with a sociology degree, and remains an avid Ducks fan.