Sound Credit Union President & CEO Richard Brandsma retires after nearly four decades of strong, principled leadership with the Credit Union Movement. Anthem talked to him about his beginnings, challenges, and how he almost chose a career as a tax collector with the IRS.
Leaders from both credit unions agree that the merger is the best way to serve Port of Seattle members.
Darigold Federal Credit Union and Sound Credit Union announced today that they will merge later this year, pending regulatory approval and a vote by Darigold’s members. If approved, the consolidation would be the 15th merger for Sound in the past couple of decades.
You can talk about how much they love their work. Or how proud they are of what they‘ve accomplished. You can even talk about innovation and their visions for the future. But spend five minutes with Rick Brandsma, Rick Hein, or Jill Nowacki and see if the conversation doesn’t somehow come back around to three simple words: making lives better.
Rick Brandsma, who led Sound Credit Union through 14 mergers to become a 21-branch operation with more than $1 billion in assets, was honored Thursday with the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Summit Awards Dinner & Gala in Portland. Jill Nowacki, vice president of development for Maps Credit Union, was honored as Young Credit Union Professional of the Year; Rick Hein, president and CEO of OSU Federal Credit Union, won the Innovation and Impact Award.
Richard Brandsma, president and CEO of Sound Credit Union, has been named the Business Leader of the Year by the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business.
Sound Credit Union’s Rick Brandsma helped host a fundraiser on Monday for Derek Kilmer, Democratic candidate to replace retiring Rep. Norm Dicks in the House. Kilmer received a $5,000 CULAC contribution for the November general election.
Gene Metz, a former credit union supervisory examiner whose word, according to his contemporaries, was worth its weight in gold, died Wednesday, March 7, at the age of 76.