American Eagle Financial Credit Union President and CEO Announces Planned Retirement
May 15, 2021
American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) today announced that the president and CEO of the nonprofit, Dean Marchessault, will retire at the end of 2021, which will allow a transition process to over the next seven months. Dean’s decision to retire will end 22 remarkable years of service with Connecticut’s largest community credit union, including seven as President and CEO.
“The Board of Directors and I would like to express our sincere thanks to Dean for his decades of dedication to the service of the American Eagle Financial Credit Union, particularly for his leadership as President and CEO,” said said Michael P. DePasquale, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AEFCU. “During his tenure as President and CEO, the size of the credit union’s assets nearly doubled to $ 2.3 billion, and Dean helped increase recognition for American Eagle as a leader and important contributor within the community. We thank Dean for guiding American Eagle to the top. success it enjoys today. We wish him good luck and a long and healthy retirement. “
During Marchessault’s tenure as President and CEO, the membership and footprint of the credit union also grew exponentially. AEFCU currently provides banking services to more than 160,000 members and opened its first office in New Haven County while also receiving approval to expand its membership scope to western Massachusetts in 2019. Under his leadership, the credit union has remained steadfast in fulfilling its mission of enriching the lives of its members and communities. In 2020 alone, AEFCU’s monetary contributions were just under $ 300,000 and included grants from the American Eagle’s Donor-Advised Fund to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, corporate sponsorships and general donations as well. than those from the AEFCU. Cash back to the community program.
In recent years, Marchessault has won several distinctions as a business and community leader, including a C-Suite Award from Harford Business Journal in 2020, and the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year award in 2018. In 2019, AEFCU was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Connecticut ”by the Hartford Business Journal.
“Being President and CEO of AEFCU has been a great honor and words cannot express how I feel about our American Eagle family,” said Marchessault. “I thank the Board of Directors for allowing me to lead such an amazing organization, and I want to express my immense gratitude to the employees of AEFCU for all the success they have helped our credit union achieve, and for their dedicated service to our members, especially after a difficult year. This transition will be bittersweet for me, but I know it will be smooth thanks to the amazing team we have in place. “
In mid-2020, Marchessault notified his intention to retire to the board of directors. Based on the organization’s ongoing succession planning process and after careful deliberation, American Eagle has selected Howard Brady to be the next President and CEO of the Credit Union. Brady has been Senior Vice President and Chief Loan Officer at American Eagle Financial Credit Union since 2015.
“We are confident that Howard will provide the necessary leadership for the credit union to continue on the path to success, and we congratulate him on his promotion and new responsibilities,” said DePasquale.