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Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!

When I joined Westerra Credit Union in 2019 as the Chief Financial Officer, I immediately felt connected to Westerra’s purpose to teach one another to prosper and our vision to become a modern financial community where everyone truly belongs. This connection, and my 20-year career in the financial and credit union industry, prepared me for the opportunity to move into the Interim President/CEO this past spring.  I am excited to share with you that Westerra’s Board of Directors has offered me the permanent positon as Westerra’s next President/CEO. I feel honored and privileged to have been extended this opportunity from the Board, and to have been given your trust. Westerra has proud history in Colorado. In 1934, it became a credit union that offered a safe place to save and borrow at fair and reasonable rates. You have my commitment 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. Everything we do at Westerra is rooted in our purpose and vision, and focused on you, our member-owners.

Together, with our dedicated team, Westerra will navigate the current financial landscape while continuing to innovate and create opportunities for our members to thrive within financial stability. I believe a strong community is the foundation of any successful financial institution, and I intend to foster even closer ties with the local community, continue Westerra’s tradition of supporting local educators, create shared prosperity and focus on sustainable growth.

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 -  PresidentOctober 2023

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