GAFCU introduces its new president/CEO — George Kirschner

January 12, 2002

Government Agencies Federal Credit Union recently announced the retirement of Beverly Dawson, its former president/chief executive officer, and the appointment of George Kirschner as the new president/CEO.

Dawson started working for GAFCU in 1985 as president/CEO. She came to GAFCU with 16 years of experience at two credit unions in San Diego, her last position being vice president of operations. In her 16 years as president/CEO, Dawson took GAFCU from $14.6 million in assets with three branches to $168 million in assets with seven branches.

Dawson helped earn GAFCU multiple community service awards, such as the Roy F. Bergengren Award for high achievement, which she accepted on behalf of GAFCU in September.

Dawson also earned personal awards, such as the distinguished service award for 2000 for her contributions to the credit union community.


Dawson and her husband, Glenn, plan to spend the rest of their lives traveling to different parts of the country.

"Glenn and I have been planning for this day all of our lives. We're excited to embark on this new journey ahead of us," stated Dawson.

"I feel comfortable leaving my legacy in the competent hands of George Kirschner, who is very excited about moving to the Imperial Valley and running our great credit union."

As of Jan. 7, Dawson handed over her reins as president/CEO to Kirschner. He has a bachelor's degree in economics/business administration from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and a master's degree in business administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Kirschner earned the title of certified credit union executive with high honors and is a certified public accountant, Microsoft-certified systems engineer and a notary public.

He comes to GAFCU with 17 years of executive-level management experience, 10 years of credit union experience and his previous position was as president/CEO for a smaller credit union, Inland Empire Credit Union in Pomona.

In his spare time, Kirschner enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with his two children, ages 6 and 2.

"I am very excited to move to the Imperial Valley with my wife, Shelli, and our two children to continue Beverly's legacy in providing superior service to the community," states Kirschner in a press release.

"The board of directors of GAFCU is very member-oriented and has a vision for the future of GAFCU and the staff is friendly and highly motivated to implement that vision in service to its many members."

Dawson will be honored at a retirement party Feb. 2 at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort near Holtville. For more information, contact Esperanza Gutierrez at 337-4200 ext. 8601.

GAFCU serves the financial needs of more than 33,000 members with branches in El Centro, Brawley, Calexico, Imperial, Holtville, Calipatria and Salton City.

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