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Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Acting President/CEO of Westerra Credit Union. It is an honor and privilege to serve a membership that represents such a rich history in Colorado. Everything we do at Westerra is rooted in our purpose and vision, and focused on you, our member-owners. Our purpose is to teach one another to prosper. And our vision is to be a modern financial community where we all truly belong. 

Despite much rate volatility in the market and economic uncertainty in the news, Westerra’s growth remains strong and the organization continues to deliver meaningful strategic improvements. We recognize the potential opportunities that lay ahead of us and are committed to offering financial solutions that meet members where they are and when they need them, always acting in their best interest in the spirit of cooperative finance. This includes continuing to roll out Westerra’s new brand online and in printed spaces, at events, in our advertising promotions and more. Though we are embracing our modernized look and feel, Westerra continues to be — and always will be — proud of our roots. This legacy of trust fosters industry and community accolades. For example, Forbes recognized Westerra in its annual rankings of the Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions in the United States for the third year in a row.

Since 1934, Westerra has been providing Coloradans with a safe place to save and borrow at fair and reasonable rates, and you have my commitment that this will continue into the future. Because even though the world continues to change and market conditions fluctuate with it, our definition of prosperity doesn’t change. This year, our success will be driven by focusing on financial durability and superb member experience.

 If you have not yet opened an account, I would like to personally invite you to do so and experience the benefits of Westerra membership. Westerra Credit Union is different from banks. When you open an account, you are not just a customer, you become a member and an owner of a not-for-profit financial cooperative that is committed to your financial success. If you are already a member, thank you for choosing Westerra!

Again, thank you for the honor to serve as your president/CEO. I am confident we have a winning team of amazing people who are already well on their way to meeting these, and other, strategic goals that align with this objective. When we work together to achieve big goals, amazing things happen.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or on LinkedIn.


Steve Schmidle -  Acting CEOSpring 2023

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