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Newsletter - March 2024

Heartland Credit Union Retirement Announcements

Dave Bretz, Chief Financial Officer of Heartland Credit Union (HCU), will retire from his position effective May 1, after over 33 years of service to the organization.

Bretz joined the HCU Board of Directors in February 1991 and served on the board until June 1998. Following his tenure on the Board, Bretz was hired at the credit union as Chief Financial Officer.

Under Bretz’s leadership, HCU has grown from $72 million to nearly $462 million in assets. “On behalf of the board and Heartland Credit Union’s management team, I want to thank Dave for his many contributions over the last 33 years,” said Tom Lex, HCU President and Chief Executive Officer. “He has helped guide the credit union in its growth, and through volatile times, while maintaining financial integrity and providing steadfast leadership. We wish him well as he enters the next exciting phase of his life.”

“I am proud of the work we have accomplished together during my time at Heartland Credit Union,” said Bretz, who indicated that he and his wife Michele plan to spend more time with their three daughters and their grandchildren.

Assuming the position of Chief Financial Officer will be Elana Fiscus. “We are confident that Elana will continue to lead the credit union with the vision of growth and continued success,” Lex said.

John Fidler, Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Heartland Credit Union, will retire in May 2024, after 22 years of service to the organization.

During Fidler’s tenure, he has held the positions of Mortgage Loan Officer, Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Lending and Branch Manager of the facility on West White Oaks Drive. He has been active in the community, volunteering for Rotary Club of Springfield-South, Association of Mortgage Professionals (President, 2006-2008), Springfield Area Home Builders Association (Board Member, 2014), Capital Area Realtors (Affiliate of the Year, 2018), Central Illinois Remodelers Council (Treasurer, 2007–2010), Business Networking International, Tuesday Exchangers Networking Group, Business Men in Christ, and West Side Christian Church (Sunday School teacher, Men’s Small Group Bible Study leader).

“John has been a dedicated member of the Heartland team for many years and his work ethic and the service he has provided to our members is immeasurable. We wish him the best in retirement and thank him for all he has done the past 22 years,” said Heartland Credit Union’s President and CEO Tom Lex.

John is looking forward to reading, traveling, playing golf with his wife, Wendy, and volunteering.