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.