ST. PAUL, Minn. (Nov. 21, 2017) – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union has named three to its director team, with two current staff promoted and one bringing new experience and perspectives from beyond the credit union industry.
Nikki Fuchs de Calderon, of Crystal, Minn., has been named director of Training. In this capacity, she will lead the Learning and Development team to plan, develop and deliver training to Affinity Plus’ 550 employees statewide.
Most recently, Fuchs de Calderon worked for 14 years at Buffalo Wild Wings corporate headquarters as its Director of Learning and Development.
During that period, Buffalo Wild Wings expanded from 250 to 1,230 restaurants and she led strategy and implementation to onboard and train new and existing employees in unique and innovative ways. Fuchs de Calderon’s experience with large-scale change and training will support Affinity Plus as we move forward through changing times in our industry.
Matt Fuller, of St. Louis Park, Minn., has been named director of Risk Management and Facilities. Fuller joined Affinity Plus in 2004 as a member advisor, and during his tenure he has worked as a consumer lender, investment advisor and financial analyst. For the past two years he has been finance manager, and also has lead risk management for one year.
That broad experience with Affinity Plus will allow Fuller to bring a thorough, member-focused approach in his new role, officials said.
In his new capacity, Fuller will continue to lead risk management and direct the future strategy of Affinity Plus’ more than 30 facilities (including community and campus branches, call centers and other support centers) around Minnesota.
Nicole Haverly, of Hudson, Wis., has been named director of Credit Risk Management. Haverly came to Affinity Plus in 2012 with three years’ experience in credit unions and student financing.
Over the past five years, she has focused on quality control and led the development of Affinity Plus’ credit risk monitoring and analysis. Haverly has worked to improve underwriting and develop new products to help members achieve financial success.
Previous roles have included Investor Relations senior manager, financial analyst business performance assistant manager, and senior accountant. In her new role, Haverly will establish strategies to improve the financial health of Affinity Plus members through a deeper understanding of their behaviors, actions and beliefs.
Each of the new directors will join Affinity Plus’ broader senior management team to collaborate on the credit union’s strategic direction.
“At Affinity Plus we place a high value on internal career growth, and we work to identify and develop leaders from within,” said Julie Cosgrove, Human Resources senior vice president. “Those efforts are carefully balanced with a desire to recruit specialized expertise from individuals outside of our organization and industry.
“Nikki, Matt and Nicole all have a passion and drive to succeed. Their skills and experiences will be critical to the future of Affinity Plus as we position the credit union for the future,” Cosgrove said.