Dan Springer Named As Heartland Credit Union President/CEO
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has selected Dan Springer as the next President/CEO of Heartland Credit Union. Dan succeeds Garth Strand who is retiring from HCU after a 36 year career of serving members.
Garth began working at Heartland Credit Union in August of 1980 as Vice President of Lending. In May of 1989, he was promoted to President, taking the helm of a credit union with two branches, $23 million in assets, and approximately 8,500 members. With his vision and leadership, HCU has grown to six branches and $274 million in assets with over 22,700 members.
“Dan is just the person to lead HCU into the future,” said Strand. “His experience with strategic planning and commitment to excellent member service makes him a choice every member can be confident in.”
As Executive Vice President/ CFO of Heartland Credit Union, Dan was solely responsible for the leadership of the accounting department, which expanded to include the EFT, Sales/Marketing and Investment/Insurance departments. He additionally took on the responsibility of overseeing internal audit and compliance operations. It was during his time at HCU that he helped the credit union experience annual growth in assets of 11.3%, share growth of 9.9% and 12.7% loan growth.
When asked about his recent promotion, Dan stated, “I am honored to have been chosen for this exciting opportunity. Working with our Board and staff we will continue HCU’s tradition of delivering exceptional value and service to our membership. I look forward to finding new and innovative ways to improve the financial well-being of our members.”
Majoring in Accounting and Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, Dan obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Doane College in Crete, NE. Dan additionally obtained a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Wichita State University and he also holds a Certified Public Accountant Certificate.
“Dan has not only proven himself through tangible results and accomplishments here at Heartland, he has also shown us intangible qualities he possesses that make us confident in our decision. Dan has a passion for credit unions that manifests itself in his remarkable leadership abilities as well as his views on strategic thinking, continuous learning and developing future leaders. We look forward to the future of the credit union under Dan’s leadership,” said Mark Woleslagel, Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
Dan will assume the role of President/CEO on Monday, October 10, 2016. Garth will stay on to assist with a smooth transition. A celebration of Garth’s career is planned for a later date.