Meet The Team

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 GTE membership and the 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.

Brian 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 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 serves on a number of charities as well as industry boards. He is serving as a Class C, Region 3 Director of the CUNA Board, as well as the chair of the CUNA District Task Force Committee. He is also a member of the Executive, Finance, and Governance CUNA committees and a member of the National Credit Union Roundtable Advisory Council. Brian also serves on the Hillsborough Economic Development Council as a Committee Member, on the board of the Boys and Girls Club as an Executive Committee Member, on the board of Junior Achievement as a Board Member, and as a member of the CEO Advisory Council for Allied Solutions.



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