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Your Guide to Greater Nevada Credit Union's 2020 Board of Directors Candidates

As a member, you are an owner of Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU). That means, as a not-for-profit financial institution, we continuously return earnings to you and your fellow members through better rates, fewer fees, free programs and enhanced services. As a member-owner, your vote helps determine who serves on the volunteer Board of Directors and oversees your credit union.

Below you will find information about the candidates for GNCU’s 2020 Board of Directors election, as well as the petition process and Annual Meeting. In January, you will receive your ballot, and we encourage you to take the opportunity to cast your vote.

As always, we value your participation and membership—and the opportunity to help you Live Greater.

Important Dates

January 3, 2020: Deadline for petitions
February 27, 2020: Mail-in and in-branch voting closes
March 3, 2020: Annual meeting and final voting opportunity

2020 Annual Meeting

March 3, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.
The Plaza Event Center
211 E. 9th Street, Carson City, NV

Join GNCU at the Annual Meeting where the results of the election will be announced. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. All members are welcome to attend to learn more about their credit union and meet GNCU board members and the executive management team.

Announcing Your Board of Directors Candidates

Greater Nevada Credit Union's Board of Directors is comprised of seven Greater Nevada members who volunteer their time and experience to oversee the management of your credit union. Directors are elected to serve three-year terms, which expire on a rotating basis. This year we have two Director positions open, and Greater Nevada is pleased to announce the four candidates who are seeking to fill those seats:

Rob Joiner

Rob Joiner (Incumbent)

Member: 35 years

Residence: Carson City, NV

Occupation: Self Employed – Land Use Planning Consulting/Commercial Real Estate

Education: AA Management, American River College; BA Urban Geography, University of California, Davis; MS Land Use Planning Administration with Minor in Public Administration, ABT, University of Nevada, Reno

Statement: It has been a pleasure to serve the owner-members of GNCU over the past several years, currently as Board Vice-Chair. With you constantly in mind, we strive to maintain fiscal health and high standards. Due largely to the strength and experience of our management and staff, and guidance of a dedicated Board, we have enhanced cutting-edge technology to meet the financial needs of our members. We continue to increase branches and services such as reward checking accounts, interactive teller machines, mobile services, expanded student scholarships and lending. I respectfully request your vote to continue representing the owner-members of GNCU.

Alex Talmant

Alex Talmant (Incumbent)

Member: 29 years

Residence: Reno, NV

Occupation: Retired Deputy Comptroller – Nevada Army National Guard

Education: MBA Golden Gate University; BS University of Idaho

Statement: It has been my pleasure to serve our members on the Board of Directors for the past 23 years. Again, I am seeking re-election to continue using my experience, education and skills to further our credit union's growth and financial security. My background in finance and budgeting will benefit the Board as Greater Nevada continues to grow in assisting members in meeting their financial goals. Our credit union will continue to be challenged as our state's growth and needs rapidly expand, and my experience will be a valuable asset to the Board as we move into the future.

Marsha Burgess

Marsha Burgess

Member: 44 years

Residence: Carson City, NV

Occupation: Retired CEO of Greater Nevada Credit Union

Education: Western CUNA Management School – Ontario, CA 6/84-6/87, Financial Management – Economics; CUNA Financial Management School – University of Colorado, Boulder, 6/89 – 6/91. Attended numerous other credit union schools during my career

Statement: As a fourth generation Nevadan who has seen many challenges, I believe opportunities are born from challenges and life experiences. I faced such challenges and became a leader. I hope my leadership skills will contribute to the success and potential of GNCU. Those skills include financial management, business planning, business development, strategic planning, and being a dependable team player. I have over 25 years of service with GNCU, including involvement in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Northern Nevada Railway Foundation, Wells Alumni Association and the Nevada Credit Union Advisory Council. It would be an honor and a privilege to represent the membership on this Board.

Adam Schwab

Adam Schwab

Member: 4 years

Residence: Reno, NV

Occupation: Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager at Paterson Pacific Paper

Education: MBA Western Governor's University; BA University of Nevada, Reno; Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt at Villanova University

Statement: GNCU is the first financial institution that I have been a part of in 20 years of banking that I can honestly say I enjoy being a part of and have had nothing but a great experience. I have a unique skill set and education that has been tailored toward increasing value to customers and improving overall user experiences. I am a native Nevadan and would love the opportunity to be able to participate and give back to my community.

Watch for your official 2020 GNCU Board of Directors ballot in the January newsletter!


Petition Process

The deadline for submitting an application for Board of Directors candidacy has passed. However, GNCU members who want to be candidates may use the petition process to be considered for the ballot. That process requires submitting the following information to the Nominating Committee no later than January 3, 2020:

  • A valid petition containing the signatures of at least 500 GNCU members who are eligible to vote in the upcoming board election;* and
  • A statement of qualifications, biographical data and other required information.

If you are interested in pursuing the petition process, please call (775) 886-1304 for details. Ballots will be mailed mid-January.

*To protect the privacy of its members, Greater Nevada Credit Union asserts its independent right to treat its membership list as confidential. Such lists contain proprietary information that may not be disclosed to anyone, including other members.