GFA Federal Credit Union Announces Two Promotions

GARDNER — Two GFA Federal Credit Union staff members are getting new titles and increased responsibilities.

In a press release, the credit union announced that Christal Brown has been promoted to vice president/chief marketing officer, while Brian Rumanowski has been promoted to assistant vice president/commercial lender.

Brown joined FGA in August 2019 as assistant vice president and chief marketing officer. According to the credit union, under Brown’s watch, GFA launched new deposit products, loan campaigns, community education initiatives, and strengthened GFA’s digital marketing presence.

GFA also said Brown helped expand the student advisory council to new municipalities and “oversaw the shift to the realities of a digital marketing world.”

Additionally, GFA said Brown has led efforts to educate and educate credit union members during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also oversaw the digitization of many applications for government loan programs and GFA support designed to facilitate remote access for members.

As GFA moves toward a more normal environment, Brown championed GFA reconnections and new connections with community organizations that improve the lives of its members and neighbors. Brown holds a master’s degree in business administration, marketing, and new media design from Southern New Hampshire University.

“Our marketing department and our organization are stronger and ready to meet the opportunities and challenges that the future will bring thanks to Christal’s contributions. I am confident that she will continue to successfully lead these efforts for GFA, and for many years to come. years to come,” said Joshua Brier, President and CEO of GFA.

For Rumanowski, the promotion comes after spending the last four years at GFA. He joined the credit union in 2018 as a commercial credit administrator and became a credit analyst in early 2019. By 2021 he had been promoted to commercial lender.

Brian Rumanowski. (Courtesy of the GFA Federal Credit Union)

GFA said Rumanowski will continue his work as a commercial lender. In 2020, he led GFA’s COVID Business Support Team, helping hundreds of businesses navigate through the Small Business Association and other relief programs.

Additionally, GFA said Rumanowski had an “exceptional” knowledge of cannabis lending and had worked closely with Tina Sbrega, president of Lighthouse Biz Solutions, a subsidiary of GFA Federal Credit Union and a “pioneer” in banking and cannabis loans.

“Brian goes above and beyond for our members and their businesses every day. His energy and tireless efforts to provide business loans to our members have been unparalleled,” said Tom McGregor, Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer. “Brian is the ultimate teammate with an enterprise perspective always looking to expand relationships across all GFA platforms.”

Rumanowski holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in finance and economics from Westfield State University, a commercial lending certification from the American Bankers Association, and a Credit Union National Association certification in BSA and compliance.

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