CUES Welcomes Robnett and Romero to its Board of Directors

MADISON, Wis.— Talent development provider CUES is pleased to announce Mark L. Robnett, CCE, President/CEO, Justice Federal Credit Union, Chantilly, VA, and Richard R. Romero, President/CEO, Seattle Credit Union, Seattle, WA, have accepted appointments to serve on its board of directors. 

“We’re pleased Mark and Richard have agreed to bring their expertise, wealth of knowledge, and leadership experience to our boardroom, and I look forward to the contributions they will make,” said John Pembroke, CUES President/CEO. “In these challenging times it is vitally important that we have accomplished leaders and diverse viewpoints guiding us from the boardroom.” 

The addition of Robnett and Romero will increase the overall diversity of what is a historically gender diverse board. 

“I’m excited Mark and Richard have accepted the invitation to join us on the CUES board. I have no doubt the fresh new perspectives they’ll bring to the table will help guide CUES to a strong future,” said Kelly Marshall, CCE, ICD.D, CUES Board Chair and CEO, Summerland Credit Union, British Columbia, Canada. 

Robnett leads the $868 million Justice Federal Credit Union, which serves more than 60,000 members of the justice and law enforcement community. Robnett has a proven record of accomplishment, with experience providing fiscal, strategic and operations leadership. Under his leadership, he has initiated a “member service driven” philosophy introducing the latest in technological advances such as biometric identification and facial recognition. He holds the Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation, earned by graduating from CUES CEO Institute

Robnett also serves on the board of PSCU. He attended Oakland University, where he completed undergraduate coursework with a focus in Management Information Systems (MIS).

Romero heads up the $896 million asset-sized Seattle Credit Union, which serves over 50,000 members across Washington state. Under his leadership, the credit union has rebranded and shifted its focus to serving Seattle’s low-income areas. The institution was also awarded a Juntos Avanzamos certification, which recognizes credit unions for their service to the Latino community, and in 2018 Romero was awarded the Trailblazer CEO of the Year by the Credit Union Times. 

Romero holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne in Los Angeles County, CA. He also serves on the boards of Inclusiv, an industry organization focused on community development credit unions, the United Way of King County, and YWCA of King and Snohomish Counties.

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