Emmer to retire from Ent


Ent Federal Credit Union announced Thursday morning CEO Charles Emmer will retire in October. He led the organization for the past 18 years.

Emmer joined Ent as CEO in 1996. Under his leadership, Ent’s assets have grown from $1.04 billion to more than $4.0 billion, while membership increased from 151,710 to more than 236,000. Part of the organization’s growth is due to five mergers during Emmer’s tenure, which expanded Ent’s footprint into the Pueblo, Denver and Firestone markets.

Ent’s board of directors unanimously chose Randy Bernstein, Ent’s current president, to succeed Emmer as president and CEO.

“Randy’s experience at Ent, industry knowledge and leadership skills make him the ideal choice to succeed Charles as CEO. He and Charles have worked together to lead Ent for nearly two decades, guiding the credit union through several economic downturns to deliver unprecedented growth in assets and membership. We expect this leadership transition to be a smooth one for both Ent’s members and its employees,” said Tim Rickert, chairman of Ent’s board of directors.

Since joining Ent as a member of the executive leadership team in 1997, Bernstein has led most of Ent’s operating divisions, initially serving as vice president of operations, then executive vice president and chief operating officer, before being named president in 2011.

“Randy has been an integral part of Ent for the past 17 years. His depth of experience in the credit union industry – spanning operations, information technology and member service – makes him invaluable to Ent’s continued success,” Charles Emmer said.

Prior to joining Ent, Bernstein was executive vice president for a credit union consulting firm in Texas and senior vice president of operations at a credit union in New York. Bernstein is a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and Leadership Pikes Peak programs and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from York College – City University of New York.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve Ent’s board of directors and our membership. I look forward to continuing Ent’s role as a model community partner as we carry out our mission to provide the products, services, financial education and advice our members need to improve their quality of life,” Randy Bernstein said.