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Vantage West Credit Union searching for next CEO

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Vantage West Credit Union in Tucson, Ariz., is looking for its next president and CEO.

Robert Ramirez, the $2 billion-asset institution’s longtime leader, retired in June. The credit union is working with executive search firm D. Hilton Associates on finding a replacement, according to a press release on Wednesday.

“The board of directors at Vantage West Credit Union is excited to begin the process of identifying our next president and CEO,” Oscar Lizardi, chairman, said in the press release. “Vantage West has a demonstrated commitment to serving our members and communities and finding a leader to help us continue that legacy is paramount. We are looking for a strategically minded, innovative individual, with a proven track record of leadership and success. An individual who will engage our associates in building long lasting relationships exceeding our members’ expectations.”

Ramirez joined the staff at Vantage West CU in 1985, and was named CEO in 2000. He helped build Vantage West’s assets from $507 million in 2000 to $1.9 billion when he announced his pending retirement in June 2018. The credit union still had not identified a successor when Ramirez left to be with family in Colorado in June of this year.

Frank Trembulak, the institution’s vice chairman, has served as interim CEO, according to a press release from earlier this month. He is a retired chief operations officer from a major health organization.

Vantage West Credit Union was chartered in 1955. It earned almost $10 million for the first six months of this year, up 43.9% from the first half of 2018, according to call report data. As of June 30, its net worth ratio was 12.26%.

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