Richard Helber, longtime president and CEO of Tropical Financial Credit Union in Miramar, Florida, has retired.
The billion-dollar credit union announced that Helber, who joined Tropical in 2010 from his role as executive vice president and chief financial officer of GTE Financial, of $2.9 billion in assets in Tampa, in Florida, resigned May 1. Helber has been replaced by Rick Shaw, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Tropical, and will remain in an advisory role through the end of the year.
“He guided us through tough times and set Tropical on a path of growth and innovation, which recently saw us surpass $1.0 billion in assets…he leaves us in financially strong and on track for the future as he retires,” Rick Wisniewski, chairman of Tropical’s board of directors, said in a press release Monday.
Helber was also a member of the National Automated Clearing House Association, the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, and the National Credit Union Foundation.
“Leading Tropical has been a highlight of my career…there has been no better group of people to work with and no better cause to work for than improving the financial lives of our members,” said Helber said in the statement.