GTE Financial Headquarters in Tampa, FL

Meet the Team

Brian Best

President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO of GTE Financial, Brian’s approach to leadership is all about serving others and ensuring that people always come first. With the support and guidance of a seasoned Board of Directors and an invaluable Executive Management Team, Brian is focused on maximizing return on value to the GTE membership and local community – the people we exist to serve. Through elevating the employee experience, members gain a caring financial advocate that ensures they earn more, save more and live better. Additionally, GTE is focused on providing innovation through a service lens, ensuring the credit union stays relevant within an ever-changing industry permeated by new technology and sophisticated services.

Prior to joining GTE, Brian worked at Grow Financial Federal Credit Union where he served as the Chief Lending and Operations Officer. He has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years, holding senior management positions at some of the nation’s most preeminent banks and credit unions. 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 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.

Currently, Brian is serving as a Class C, Region 3 Director of the CUNA Board, he serves on the Hillsborough Economic Development Council as a Committee Member, serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club as an Executive Committee Member, serves on the board of CU Engage as an Advisory Member, serves on the board of Junior Achievement as a Board Member, as well as serves on the St. Leo’s Presidents Council.

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