MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – First Trust CU said Friday it named Kim Kniola, currently a vice president, as CEO of the $92 million credit union.

Kniola, who has worked at the credit union for 29 years, will succeed Ronald Budzinski, who is retiring at year-end, after 27 years serving the credit union.

Kniola is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Management, and an Associate's Degree in Marketing, and has also attended numerous credit union schools, including CUNA Management School, which she graduated from in 2002.


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