Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame
Ronald C. Brantner
Ron Brantner has more than 30 years experience in the credit union movement. He began his career in 1971 as the manager of the Tribune Employees Credit Union. Ron spent seven years at TECU, taking it from $8 to $12 million in assets. In 1978 he became president of Progress Credit Union in Chicago. Working with Illinois Credit Union League staff, Ron introduced strategic planning to the credit union and saw the credit union grow from $10 to $14 million in assets. In the process, he oversaw two credit union relocations and expanded member services.
Ron is currently CEO at Select Employees Credit Union in Sterling. Once again with the help of the Illinois Credit Union League, Ron introduced the board to long term planning. The credit union is now in the process of moving to larger facilities. He instituted the use of correspondent courses to enrich and educate himself and board members with regard to their duties and responsibilities and understanding the credit union movement. Ron has passed all 18 modules of the Management Enrichment Training Program.
Ron is a strong believer in getting involved. In addition to his many duties as CEO of a credit union, he has always found time to commit to volunteer work. He represented the George J. Tinnes Chapter as league director from 1991 to 1999, serving on the legislative committee for three years. He also served in a variety of chapter positions for the William H. Brietzke Chapter during the 1970s.
In addition to Ron’s long and rich credit union history, he is well known within his community. Ron is an active member of the Sterling-Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce, serving on several committees. He is a consultant for the Quad Cities Junior Achievement program and has been named to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. He also serves on the Sterling Rock Falls board of United Way. Other community organizations he is involved with include: Your Source for Information, CGH Medical Center Health Foundation, Illinois Crippled Children’s Corporation, Illinois Elks Association, Sterling Community Development Assistance Committee and Sterling T-ball coach.
Other awards Ron has received over the past few years include the Illinois Council of Credit Union Executives Society, Executive of the Year Award for 1990 and 1995 and the 1995 Illinois Credit Union League Spirit of Service Award.