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Smart Financial Credit Union Appoints LeAnn Kaczynski as Managing Director

HOUSTON, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Smart Financial Credit Union announced the selection of LeAnn Kaczynski as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment was effective April 28, 2022following the retirement of the former CEO of Smart Financial Larry Seidl on March 31, 2022. LeAnn Kaczynski becomes the first woman to serve as CEO at Smart Financial and showcases a seamless leadership transition at the famed credit union.

LeAnn Kaczynski

“LeAnn has been instrumental in establishing Smart Financial as a financially sound credit union with a strong and engaged employee culture. LeAnn has always focused on what is best for the members and the communities we serve,” said Seidl. “I loved leading and being part of the incredible team at Smart Financial. Knowing LeAnn as an incredibly capable leader who would step in right away and continue to mentor her on a regular basis made my decision to retire so much easier. Under LeAnn, Smart Financial will continue to focus on improving the financial lives of our members My time at Smart Financial was a highlight of my career, and I wish Smart Financial continued success.

Kaczynski has held numerous positions at Smart Financial, including Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and most recently Executive Vice President (EVP). Prior to joining Smart Financial in 2005, she held positions in operations, finance and accounting at several credit unions on the east coast. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Clarkson University in New York.

“LeAnn has been instrumental in Smart Financial’s leadership team and helped guide the credit union through the most successful period in its long history,” said Smart Financial’s President. Chad Greer. “I am confident that Smart Financial will thrive under his leadership and expertise.”

“I am delighted and honored to have been chosen by the Board of Directors to lead this next phase of Smart Financial Credit Union,” Kaczynski said. “Larry will be truly missed, and we are so fortunate to have had him as our leader for the past six years. Having worked side-by-side with Larry at the helm of this team, I pledge to continue to ensure that members and employees remain the priority.When we all work together for the common good, our credit union is sure to thrive and have a positive impact on our communities for years to come.

About Smart Financial Credit Union

Smart Financial is one of the oldest and most established credit unions in the Houston region since opening its doors in 1934. With 14 locations in Greater Houston, Smart Financial is a member-owned and operated state-chartered credit union. Smart Financial offers a full range of financial services to nearly 70,000 members. In 2016, Smart Financial became the naming rights sponsor of the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, Texas, which has become one of the best medium-sized concert halls in the world. For more information, visit www.smartcu.org or engage with Smart Financial Credit Union on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Media Contacts
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Smart Financial Credit Union
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Smart Financial Credit Union
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