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Wisconsin Credit Union League President & CEO Brett Thompson Announces Retirement at Yearend

Brett Thompson Retirement
Apr 22, 2024
By Sammy Dennis
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After nearly 23 years serving as The Wisconsin Credit Union League’s (The League) President & CEO, Brett Thompson has announced his plans to retire in December 2024. The League’s Board of Directors has begun a nationwide search for a successor with Humanidei. 

“It’s been an honor of a lifetime serving Wisconsin’s credit unions,” said Thompson. “I am excited to see what the future holds for a Movement with such talent and dedication behind it.”
Highlights during Thompson’s tenure include the opening of The League’s Credit Union House in Madison, the formation of The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation which has now provided over $1.76 million to promote the wellness of credit unions and the communities they serve, and the development of Reach Business Lenders® to help credit unions source and originate commercial loans.  

In addition, Thompson has served on the Boards of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (chair), Credit Union House (chair), and the National Credit Union Foundation, as well as CUNA’s Executive, Corporate Governance, and Government Affairs Committees. He has received the American Association of Credit Union League’s Farley and Eagle awards. 

“Brett has been a tireless advocate for Wisconsin’s credit unions and the cooperative movement for over two decades,” said Brandon Riechers, Chair of The Wisconsin Credit Union League Board of Directors and President & CEO of Royal Credit Union. “Brett’s exceptional leadership skills, financial stewardship, and clear vision for the future has positioned The League to achieve continued success. Brett’s influence on Wisconsin credit unions will be evident for years to come and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

The League will remain an independent association, representing the interests of 111 Wisconsin credit unions and their 3.8 million members.  The League is one of the strongest in the country with an active membership base, a dedicated team of professionals, and financial security.

About The Wisconsin Credit Union League: Founded in 1934, The Wisconsin Credit Union League is the dues-supported trade association for Wisconsin's credit unions—not-for-profit financial institutions cooperatively owned by their more than 3.8 million members. The League is dedicated to serving Wisconsin's credit unions and promoting The Credit Union Difference through advocacy, education, and public service.

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Sammy Dennis is the Vice President of Communications for The Wisconsin Credit Union League.