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www.HartfordBusiness.com • March 4, 2019 • Hartford Business Journal 3 Newsmakers EDITORIAL Greg Bordonaro | Editor, ext. 139, gbordonaro@HartfordBusiness.com Gregory Seay | News Editor, ext. 144, gseay@HartfordBusiness.com Matt Pilon | News Editor, ext. 143, mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com Sean Teehan | Staff Writer, ext 145, steehan@hartfordbusiness.com Joe Cooper | Web Editor, ext. 127, jcooper@HartfordBusiness.com Stephanie Meagher | Research Director Heide Martin | Research Assistant Steve Laschever | Photographer BUSINESS Christopher Santilli | Publisher, ext. 124, csantilli@HartfordBusiness.com Donna Collins | Associate Publisher, ext. 121, dcollins@HartfordBusiness.com Lauren Stroud | Events & Project Manager, ext. 137, lstroud@HartfordBusiness.com Christina Zuraw | Events Coordinator, ext. 134, czuraw@hartfordbusiness.com Shannon Vincelette | HBJ Office and Events Coordinator, ext. 122, svincelette@hartfordbusiness.com David Hartley | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 130, dhartley@HartfordBusiness.com Kristen P. Nickerson | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 133, knickerson@HartfordBusiness.com Karen Spatafora | Accounts Manager, ext. 131, kspatafora@HartfordBusiness.com Raki Zwiebel | Credit and Collections Manager Valerie Clark | Accounting Assistant/Office Manager Jill Coran | Human Resources Manager PRODUCTION Christopher Wallace | Art Director, ext. 147, cwallace@HartfordBusiness.com Liz Saltzman | Creative Director, ext. 140, lsaltzman@HartfordBusiness.com Peter Stanton | CEO, pstanton@nebusinessmedia.com Joseph Zwiebel | President, ext. 132, jzwiebel@HartfordBusiness.com Mary Rogers | COO/CFO, mrogers@nebusinessmedia.com SUBSCRIPTIONS: Annual subscriptions are $84.95. To subscribe, visit HartfordBusiness.com, email hartfordbusiness@cambeywest.com, or call (845) 267-3008. ADVERTISING: For advertising information, please call (860) 236-9998.Please address all correspondence to: Hartford Business Journal, 15 Lewis Street, Suite 200, Hart ford CT 06103. NEWS DEPARTMENT: If you have a news item: Call us at (860) 236-9998, fax us at (860) 570-2493, or e-mail us at news@HartfordBusiness.com. Hartford Business Journal accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or materials and in general does not return them to the sender. Hartford Business Journal (ISSN 1083-5245) is published weekly, 49x per year - including two special issues in November and December — by new England Business Media, LLC, 15 Lewis Street, Suite 200, Hartford, CT 06103. Periodicals postage paid at Hartford, CT and at additional entry points. Tel: (860) 236-9998 • Fax (860) 570-2493 Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Hartford Business Journal P.O. Box 330, Congers, NY 10920-9894 www.copyright.com HartfordBusiness.com (860) 236-9998 Charla Stetson | CEO, Windsor Locks Federal Credit Union By Sean Teehan steehan@hartfordbusiness.com C harla Stetson is a rarity in the financial- services sector. She's the CEO of a credit union in what's long been a male-dominated field. In fact, if you look at Hartford Business Journal's lists of larg- est banks and credit unions, you'll find only two female chief executives out of 46 total lenders. To say gender diversity hasn't hit the CEO ranks of Connecticut's banking industry is an understate- ment. Stetson was named Wind- sor Locks Federal Credit Union's new chief executive Feb. 1, a promotion from her previous job as vice president of opera- tions and member services. She joined Windsor Locks FCU in 2011, which was her first entry into the finance industry. She previously worked as a restaurant manager and spent time at a courier company that handled interoffice mail and transfers for banks. But she said she feels right at home overseeing a financial institution with $59 million in assets. She is a graduate of Asnuntuck Community College and continues to study at the New Eng- land College of Business and Finance. Stetson is also a graduate of the Credit Union League of Connecticut's executive education program. What are your top priorities for Windsor Locks FCU? Priorities and goals have to come from a 'we' perspective, encompassing our management team and staff. Growth is our top priority. We hope to expand our field of membership (FOM) so that we can share our superior service and expertise with more members. So, where do you see those growth opportuni- ties coming from? Strengthening our relationships with local schools and youth organizations to generate awareness of our credit union with young people, and enhancing financial education is an oppor- tunity. Expanding into new communities and welcoming a larger FOM is another. We always look to offer innovative services to complement our members' changing lifestyles. This is your first time as CEO. Who do you look to for advice and mentorship? I am so fortunate to have a management team comprised of talented and experienced individu- als, to whom I can turn for support and guidance. I lead the credit union jointly with our Chief Op- erating Officer Pat Javorski. She is the ultimate mentor and voice of wisdom for me. Can you tell us something about yourself that most people don't know? I am kind of a health and fitness nut. I recently added boxing to my workout repertoire, and it really helps my (lack of ) coordination. VERBATIM In the hot seat "I have always prided myself in being honest, transparent and forthright with clients and colleagues, and I hope you'll find those qualities in myself as well. Any suggestion that I knew a product was going to be worthless and subsequently sold it to a client is completely and wholly untrue." David Lehman , Gov. 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