President/CEO George Isola Retires

Longtime TruNorth Federal Credit Union President and CEO, George Isola, announces his retirement at the end of the year.  Isola has served as TruNorth’s Chief Executive for over 27 years, growing the institution from $29 million in assets to over $150 million today.

“It has been an incredible honor to serve the members of TruNorth Federal Credit Union for the past 27 years,” said Isola in reference to his retirement. “The highlight of my career will forever be our talented employees, supportive Board of Directors, and our incredible members.  I will always remember the important part they have played throughout my years at the credit union.”

“His leadership and vision has helped the credit union achieve so many extraordinary things and his passion to help others has had such a positive impact on the lives of the employees, the board, the members, and our community,” said TruNorth Board Chairman, Tom Skrenes. “George has truly been a leader who lives the credit union motto of ‘people helping people.’”

Isola has many years of involvement in the credit union industry.  He served on the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) board of directors for 14 years, including 2 years as Chair.  George also served on the Upper Peninsula Chapter of Credit Unions Executive Committee and Marketing Committee.  He remains a Trustee on the Retirement Plan for Michigan Credit Union Employees.

George is the recipient of several noteworthy honors.  He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Michigan Credit Union League, the Business Person of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce and the Distinguished Service Award by the Upper Peninsula Chapter of Credit Unions.

TruNorth’s Board of Directors have selected Steve Smith as Isola’s successor upon his December retirement.  Smith has more than 30 years of financial institution experience.  He was most recently Chief Executive Officer at Baraga County Federal Credit Union.