Leadership & Financials

Executive Management Team

A great organization begins at the top with knowledgeable and experienced executives that continually focus on the member and employee experience. Meet the GTE Financial Executive Team.

Joe Brancucci is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GTE Financial. Prior to joining GTE Financial, Joe was the Executive Vice President of BECU in Seattle. He is the founder and past Chair of Prime Alliance Solutions, now a part of Accenture. He has a B.A. in Economics and English from Hofstra University, and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Stanford University. Joe has been involved in senior roles in financial services for over 40 years, specifically with credit unions since 1992. During his career he has lead various institutions into market dominance, and is known for his passionate commitment to the credit union movement, its credit unions, and most importantly, its members.

Joe is the Chair of Prime Alliance Loan Servicing and Prime Alliance Real Estate Services. On a local level, Joe is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement, and a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Tampa Economic Development Council. He was the recipient of the 2012 CU Times CEO Trailblazer of the Year Award, the recipient of the 2012 CUNA Lending Council Phil Greer Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2002 CUES Technology Executive of the Year Award, and the 2003 NACUSO CUSO Executive of the Year Award. He is the former Chair of the CUNA Lending Council, the CUNA Council Forum, CUDL, and the Fannie Mae Credit Union Advisory Board. He served on GAC and is currently a member of the CUNA Housing Finance Reform Task Force.

Aaron Bresko has over 24 years experience in credit unions. He spent 20 years at BECU, holding various senior management positions including Vice President of Lending with duties including the management of all production and risk activities for a loan portfolio over $8B in size. His key areas of responsibility included indirect lending, mortgage and consumer underwriting/production, credit scoring and reporting, collections, and loan loss recovery/legal.

Aaron’s industry involvement includes being the past Chair of Express Credit Union (ECU), a low income credit union serving under-banked members in the greater Seattle area, as well as the past Chair of the CUNA Lending Council, and currently serves on the Trans Union CU Steering Committee and CUDL’s Advisory Board.

Aaron received a B.A. in English at the University of Washington in 1987 and an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Seattle Pacific in 1995.

Brad is a seasoned credit union executive with over 22 years experience in credit union administrative finances and general management. Brad joined GTE Financial in 1991 as the Director of Accounting. He later served as Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Member Services.

As Chief Financial Officer, Brad oversees the credit union’s accounting, budgeting, asset liability management, and investment and cash management activities. He is also the President of Credit Union Insurance Services, GTE Financial’s CUSO, and the Brokerage Division.

Prior to joining GTE, Brad worked for Texaco/Star Enterprises (a multibillion dollar joint venture between Texaco and Saudi Aramco which included oil exploration and drilling, refineries and retail distribution) as the Assistant Controller for the Florida region.

A 1985 graduate of the University of South Florida, Brad earned his B.A. in Management Information Systems and Accounting. His credit union and community involvements include serving on the Board of the Tampa Chapter of Credit Unions and GTE Financial’s Charitable Foundation, and is a graduate of Leadership Tampa class.

Brian leads GTE’s Community Financial Centers, Member Care center, Member Payment Systems, Member Loyalty, Member Strategies and Marketing departments, along with its Investment and Insurance groups. Prior to joining GTE, Brian worked at Grow Financial Federal Credit Union where he served as the Chief Lending and Operations Officer.

Brian has been in the financial services industry for over 18 years, holding senior management positions at national and regional banks. Brian brings a diverse background in commercial and consumer banking, collections, operations, retail strategy, process improvement, investment and risk portfolio management, organizational branding and troubled business restructuring. Brian is also a trainer and keynote speaker for the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council that oversees the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, NCUA and the OCC.

Brian holds a B.S. in Marketing from Wright State University, as well as an M.A. in Business and Administration from Saint Leo University. He has also graduated from the RMA School of Commercial Underwriting and Portfolio Management, and has received his accreditation with Six Sigma as a master black belt.

Brian serves on the Tampa Economic Development Advisory Committee and sits on the board for the Boys and Girls Club.

Chad Burney is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of GTE Financial. He is a highly accomplished, award-winning, information technology leader who has had repeated success leading and directing technology and business operations for over 15 years. He offers a unique blend of executive acumen, effective team building, and IT solutions development credited with strong ROI and operational improvement. He has built a responsive Information Technology department that consistently delivers results by aligning technology initiatives with business goals, substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business/system performance.

Chad was also responsible for the implementation of a key virtualization project that gained national recognition after being selected for CIO Magazine’s top 100 CIO awards of 2009. He was also recognized as one of the Top 25 CTO’s in 2010 by IDG’s InfoWorld which honors senior information technology executives nationwide who demonstrated leadership within their companies and in the greater IT community.

Almost as significant as his industry awards, he is locally involved with the community through volunteerism at All Children’s Hospital and The Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay. He’s a leader with inventive ideas and a sincere desire to enhance the credit union industry through technology and goodwill.

Chad holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Syracuse University, an M.S. in Management Science from the State University of New York, and an M.B.A in Technology Management from the State University of New York. In addition, he is a certified Master Oracle Database Administrator.

Ms. Moore-Jason is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Talent (HR) Officer at GTE Financial. She is a multi-talented, experienced, and energized global Human Resources and Corporate law executive with interpersonal and leadership skills that enable her to contribute to the growth and development of businesses in multiple areas. She is an experienced Human Resources business operations executive, both domestic and global, as well as a highly trained lawyer who has developed keen business acumen through global business operations, including start-ups, joint ventures, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Linda began her career out of graduate school as a Federal Agent, covert operations, for the Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration. She holds a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology, an M.A. in Criminology/Sociology, and a Juris Doctorate.

Shortly after relocating to Tampa, Linda was appointed to the Board of the Tampa Bay American Heart /Stroke Association.

Board of Directors

Comprised of volunteers elected by the membership of the credit union annually, the Board of Directors oversees and governs the credit union.

Mr. Hines is currently the Board Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He was a member of the GTE Financial Supervisory Committee from 1996 to 2000, and from 2003 to 2005. He has served on the GTE Financial Board of Directors since 2005 and previously served as First Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. Mr. Hines is a resident of St. Petersburg and a lawyer in downtown St. Petersburg, where he concentrates his practice in real estate, corporate and finance law. In addition to his law practice and work for the credit union, Mr. Hines serves on the Board of Trustees for Trinity College of Florida, Inc., and is a past Treasurer and Board Member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Recently named President and CEO of Ident-A-Kid Services of America, Inc., Mr. Hagan is currently serving his seventh term as Chairman of the Board. He previously served as the Board Second Vice Chairman and has served as a Supervisory Committee member and Board Director since 1994. Prior to his time with the Supervisory Committee and Board of GTE Financial, Mr. Hagan served Suncoast Federal Credit Union for seven years as Chairman of the Board, Treasurer, and Board Member.

Ms. Jurgenson retired from Verizon Communications (formerly GTE Florida) with 30 years in the Human Resources department. Ms. Jurgenson currently works at Tampa General Hospital within the Volunteer Services Department and serves on the FADVS and Suncoast Chapter boards for volunteer services.

A credit union member since 1972, she served on the GTE Supervisory Committee from 1996 through 2001 (as Chairman from 1998 – 2001) and is a past trustee and Chairman of the GTE Financial Charitable Foundation. She has been a Board member since 2001, serving on various committees and is currently a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Beauchamp retired after 31 years of service at GTE of Florida, now Verizon Communications. Mr. Beauchamp currently owns Crystal Telecom, Inc. A credit union member since 1975, he joined the Supervisory Committee in 1985. As a Director, Mr. Beauchamp has served on the Policy Review, Group Affiliation, and Budget Committee, as well as acted as Chairman of the GTE Financial Charitable Foundation, Technology Committee, and Chairman of the Board. He currently is on the Executive Committee and serves as Board Secretary.

Before Doris and her husband Bob moved to Florida in 1989, she was a native of Washington, D.C., and began her business career with the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 1969 as a Travel Agent and was progressively promoted to positions of greater responsibility with AAA. She retired in 2002 as Senior Vice President of Membership.

Throughout her career Doris was active in a number of professional travel, purchasing, distribution and membership organizations and continues to maintain certification as a Purchasing Manager. She was elected to the Board of Directors of GTE Financial in 2012. Prior to that she served on the Supervisory Committee for ten years and was the Chairperson 2009 through 2011.

A Verizon Communications (formerly GTE Florida) employee since 1973, Ms. Thompson is currently a Supervisor in the Business Response Center. A credit union member since 1973, she joined the Supervisory Committee in 1990, serving as Chairperson from 1991 to 1996. Ms. Thompson is a member of the Board of Directors where she presently serves as Chairperson of the Policy Committee. She also serves on several other committees.

Mr. DuBose is currently an Administrator with the District School Board of Pasco County. He was an employee of GTE Florida for 12 years and has been a credit union member since 1983. His work with GTE Financial began in 1985 when he was appointed to the Supervisory Committee. Mr. DuBose has been a Board Member since 1990.

Art is a native of Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Hillsborough High School and the University of South Florida, where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently the president of Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company located in historic Ybor City. He is the grandson of the late Arturo Fuente who began hand rolling cigars in Tampa 100 years ago. Today, the Fuente brand cigars are one of the most sought after cigars in the world.

Art spent over 18 years at the Pinellas plant with General Electric and Lockheed Martin Corporation in the engineering and manufacturing areas as an engineer and as a manager. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Lockheed Martin’s NOVA award for his innovative leadership and creative design contributions in the field of engineering. He is also one of 38 individuals who have been honored by AVS, a science and technology international Society, with the AVS Honorary Membership Award.

Over the years Art has been involved with credit unions as a Director and as Vice President. During the past 10 years he has been actively involved as a member of the Supervisory committee for GTE Financial. He is also currently a board member of Tampa Bay & Company and a member of the Rotary Club of Tampa. Art has served as Chair of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and is currently on the board of directors.

Art was selected by the Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. as the 2010 Hispanic Man of the Year for his significant contributions to the success of our community.

Mr. Fuente and his wife Martha have been married for over 38 years. Their daughter Kristin graduated with two M.A. degrees from the College of Business at the University of South Florida. She is currently Vice President of Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company and Past-President of the Ybor City Rotary Club.

Employed with Verizon Communications (formerly GTE of Florida) since 1997, Mr. Pinkstaff is currently the Central Office Technician. He has been a member of GTE Financial since 1977 and has served on the GTE Supervisory Committee for the past seven years.

Supervisory Committee

Chosen by the Board of Directors, our Supervisory Committee volunteers are also GTE members whose primary responsibility is ensuring the credit union’s financial records and operations are in order.

Shaine Mobley is Chairman of the Supervisory Committee and has served on this committee since 2010. Mrs. Mobley is a lifetime resident of St. Petersburg where she is the current Controller and Treasurer of Derby Lane. She was previously a partner in the CPA firm of Wells, Houser & Schatzel, P.A. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of South Florida. In addition to her work for the credit union and raising a family, Mrs. Mobley serves as the Treasurer, Board Member and a Mentor for the Academy of Finance at Northeast High School and is a past Treasurer and Board Member of the Shore Acres Elementary Parent Teacher Association.

Mr. White is currently a member of the Supervisory Committee. He has been a member of the Committee since 2012. Mr. White is a resident of Dunedin and is a Certified Public Accountant with the Tampa/Clearwater firm of Lewis, Birch & Ricardo, LLC, where he concentrates in all areas of taxation, as well as small business accounting and consulting.