Cooperative CUSO CU*NorthWest announced that Stuart Kuzik will serve as the organization’s new CEO, effective April 17, 2023. Kuzik, currently the Chief Credit Officer for Bluff View Bank (Galesville, WI), brings diverse experience to the core data processor, including time spent at TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union. “I’m excited to listen and learn from the enthusiastic and knowledgeable team at CU*NorthWest, its partners, as well as its great ownership community,” said Kuzik. “It’s great to be able to support a mission that benefits so many organizations, communities, and hardworking people across the region.”
As Chief Credit Officer of Bluff View Bank, Kuzik has been responsible for all Western Wisconsin Community Bank lending activities. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer of Wisconsin Diversified Investments, LLC, an investment firm targeting businesses and commercial real estate development.
“Stuart is a proven leader whose impressive professional experience made him the top choice to take on the role,” said Alan Cortum, CU*NorthWest board chair and CEO of Valley Oak Credit Union (Three Rivers, CA). “What’s more, he understands how vital credit unions are to the communities they serve, and look forward to his positive, can-do attitude energizing the organization from the top down.”
In addition to his work in the financial industry, Kuzik served as Director of Business & Community Engagement for the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority, revamping the state agency’s $20 million loan guarantee program and related loan policies.
Kuzik received a BS Degree in Criminal Justice & Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Certificate of Leading in an Era of Complexity from the University of Notre Dame, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
About CU*NorthWest, Inc.
CU*NorthWest was founded in 2005 as a part of the cuasterisk.com network of credit unions and CUSOs. It is a 100% credit union-owned cooperative CUSO located in Liberty Lake, Washington. CU*NorthWest offers a wide variety of services for credit unions including its flagship CU*BASE® processing system (online and in-house) and Internet development services featuring It’s Me 247 online and mobile banking. Additional services include website development, network design and security, project implementation and execution services, and a complete e-document solution. CU*NorthWest provides expertise in implementing technical solutions to operational needs, and helps credit unions form strategic alliances and partnerships. For more information, visit www.cunorthwest.com.