The board of directors at First Heritage FCU in Painted Post, New York, has appointed Thomas Pisano as the credit union’s new president.
Pisano began his career as an accounting manager at St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union in Manchester, New Hampshire, and spent several years working in the banking industry before joining UMassFive College FCU in 1998. As CFO of UMassFive FCU, Pisano was responsible for implementing a strategic plan to grow the assets of the credit union. During his 19 years at the credit union, assets grew from $80 million to $462 million.
A native of Rome, New York, Pisano said his immediate goal as president is to learn about the three main stakeholders of the credit union: its members, its employees and the community. “I want to sit back, listen, learn and understand,” he said. “This is a new challenge and a chance to join a really well-established, well-run and financially strong institution whose goal is to follow the credit union mission—to provide the membership with a wide array of products and services that meet their financial needs at a great value.”
Pisano will succeed longtime CEO/President Dan Rourke, who is set to retire in early 2019.
“As I reflect on my experiences here at First Heritage, I realize how fortunate I’ve been to work with so many wonderful and dedicated individuals,” said Rourke. “We’ve worked hard and had fun creating an organization where employee ideas and contributions have been so important to our success.”
Rourke, who has worked at the credit union for nearly two decades, will retain the title of CEO during the transition.
“Dan has taken First Heritage to a new level through steady growth as a leading credit union in the region and New York,” said Board Chairman Robert J. Blair. “We thank Dan for his commitment, direction and vision. We are confident Tom will continue to grow First Heritage and continue Dan’s legacy.”