Veteran COO to take charge at Vantage West Credit Union

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Vantage West Credit Union in Tucson, Ariz., has named Sandra Sagehorn-Elliott as its next president and CEO.

Sandra Sagehorn-Elliott was named president and CEO of Vantage West Credit Union.
Sandra Sagehorn-Elliott was named president and CEO of Vantage West Credit Union.

Sagehorn-Elliott, who was selected after a nationwide search, will take over on Oct. 6 at the $2.2 billion-asset credit union, according to a press release from D. Hilton Associates, an executive recruiting firm, which helped with the process. Vantage West’s previous CEO, Robert Ramirez, retired in 2019.

She has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years, most recently as the chief operating officer for the $1.9 billion-asset Workers Credit Union in Fitchburg, Mass. During her time at Workers, Sagehorn-Elliott oversaw the commercial lending portfolio, created a new leadership program and revamped training, according to a press release.

Prior to that, Sagehorn-Elliott worked at Bellco Credit Union for 14 years in various roles, including chief operating officer.

“I am thrilled to join a credit union with such a rich history and am eager for the opportunity to lead Vantage West,” Sagehorn-Elliott said in a press release on Wednesday. “The credit union has expanded its presence and impact across Arizona while remaining true to its roots of service to Members from all walks of life. I look forward to continuing that legacy.”

Vantage West earned $3 million through the second quarter, down almost 70% from the same period last year, according to call report data from the National Credit Union Administration.

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