2022 Board of Directors Election and Annual Meeting

2022 Board of Directors Election and Annual Meeting

Three board seats are up for regular election. The Nominating Committee has announced their nominees, listed in alphabetical order by last name:

Naomi Guerrero (Incumbent)

Maricela Meza (Incumbent)

Doug Zimmerman (Incumbent)

There were no nominations by petition. As there are three nominees for three seats, this year’s election is uncontested. During this year’s Annual Meeting, the Board Chair will announce that the three nominees have been elected by acclamation. For reference, personal statements from each nominee are provided below.

In addition, eligible Members as of March 31, 2022, will be invited to vote on the ratification of an amendment to Section 6.3 of the credit union’s bylaws. This change will simplify and bring consistency to the eligibility and qualification requirements to serve on the credit union’s Board of Directors. The Board recommends a YES vote. The Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions has reviewed and approved the amendment. Details on the amendment are provided below.

To ensure that all eligible and interested Members are given the opportunity to cast a ballot, regardless of where they live or work, this year’s election will primarily be held online. We have selected Survey and Ballot Systems to administer this process.

Eligible Members will be invited to cast a ballot in one of three ways between April 20 and May 22, 2022:

  1. For eligible Members who have opted to receive eStatements, Survey and Ballot Systems will send an email to the email address we have on file for you on April 20 with a link and a unique PIN that you may use to participate in the online election.
  2. For eligible Members who are actively enrolled in online banking, you will have an option to link directly to your ballot once you have successfully logged in to online banking.
  3. For eligible Members who have not opted to receive eStatements and are not actively enrolled in online banking, you must request a paper ballot between April 1 and May 4, 2022, using one of these methods:

Regardless of the voting method you choose, each eligible Member will only be permitted to cast one vote. Paper ballots will be mailed to Members who requested them by Survey and Ballot Systems no later than May 9.

Members who choose to vote online must submit their ballot online no later than 11:59 pm Tucson, Arizona time on May 22, 2022, for it to be counted. Paper ballots from those Members who requested one must be received at the address that will be specified in the ballot materials no later than 11:59 pm Tucson, Arizona time on May 22, 2022, for it to be counted. Survey and Ballot Systems will conduct all ballot counting activities.

The results of Member voting will be announced at the 2022 annual meeting which will be held online May 25, 2022, at 3:00 pm. Registration details will be sent to Members via email later this spring. During the Annual Meeting, no votes will be cast and no call for nominations from the floor will be made for these seats or ballot measures.

Whether you choose to vote online or request a paper ballot, we hope you will add your voice as a Member-Owner to our modernized governance process during this year’s election.

Nominees for Director – Personal Statements

Naomi Guerrero (Incumbent)

I am deeply honored to be considered for the Board of Directors position for Vantage West Credit Union. I am currently an Adoption & Change Management Leader at International Business Machines (IBM). I joined IBM in 2006. I have a BS in Computer Science and an Executive MBA from the University of Arizona – Eller College of Management. I feel fortunate that I started as a software engineer working directly with IBM customers early in my career, which is why I prioritize customer success highly today.

Today, I lead teams to align with IBM’s strategic vision and direction. I am deliberate about being empathetic to users and stakeholders. I tend to inherently put myself in someone else’s shoes to understand the pain points they face. Through experience, analysis, and industry research, I recommend specific actions we need to take to meet our return on investment objectives and outcomes by driving the speed of adoption, utilization, and proficiency of the changes we are introducing.

In early 2022 I was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Vantage West Board of Directors and am impressed with the credit union’s focus on serving Arizonans from all walks of life—especially those who are aspiring to achieve a better financial future. I am eager to continue offering my expertise on the Vantage West Board, working with my colleagues and management to identify and deliver exceptional experiences for our Members.

While I see work as personally fun and an endurance sport, I am also an avid Peloton rider. I also love traveling, visiting the beach, and spending time with my husband, two boys, family, and close friends. My husband Marlon and I moved to Tucson 13 years ago to start his medical practice, and we can’t imagine living anywhere else. We have two beautiful sons, Elias and Cristian, ages 10 and 12.

Maricela Meza (Incumbent)

I have been a Vantage West Member for more than 15 years and have had the honor of serving on the Vantage West Board of Directors since 2018. I am seeking re-election to continue to serve the Vantage West membership.

Arizona is a special and multi-faceted community, fostered through entities such as Vantage West. As a current board member, I have been afforded the opportunity to witness the commitments Vantage West has made to ensure the membership is provided the utmost financial care, stability and innovation, with a particular focus of investing in people today to achieve a more prosperous tomorrow.

I am an attorney with nearly twenty years’ experience working in both public and private sectors. Currently, I am employed as the Director of Employee Relations for a local school district where I serve as the Chief Negotiator, EEO/Title IX Compliance Officer and Administrative Hearing Officer.

I previously served on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character & Fitness and volunteered as both a mediator and arbitrator while in private practice. I was tasked with weighing ethical considerations to ensure the public was not at risk and decisions were made in the public’s best interests. If re-elected, I would take the same care in making decisions which affect the Vantage West membership.

In addition to my involvement with Vantage West, I serve on the University of Arizona Law College Association, Child & Family Resources Board and the Education Enrichment Foundation. Throughout the years, I have served on the UA Hispanic Alumni Board, State Bar Committee on Women and Minorities in the Law and various others.  My prior volunteer experience has provided me the opportunity to understand what collective decisions need to be made to move an organization forward.

When not working, you can find me watching college basketball and teaching at Academia de Baile, a local non-profit dance school. I thank you for your consideration. 

Doug Zimmerman (Incumbent)

I’m a retired Certified Public Accountant with four adult children and six grandchildren and am from a third generation Arizona family that arrived in the state in 1926. I currently live in Tucson, but have lived in Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tempe during my life. During my career I was the Chief Financial Officer of two large corporations in the healthcare industry. I attended Northern Arizona University and my background includes work in finance, accounting, auditing and information technology.

My experience on the board of Vantage West includes serving as Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Treasurer. I have also chaired the Risk and Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee (in 2020), and have served as board liaison to the staff Asset and Liability Committee. I have the time and commitment it takes to serve on the board.

I joined my first credit union forty-three years ago and have had continuous membership ever since. I wish to continue my work on the board because I believe in credit unions for our full range of financial services, at a reasonable cost while serving our Members and communities.

There are so many great stories about how Vantage West has helped individuals and businesses with their financial needs and plans, while providing safe, convenient services to all Members. Vantage West has always been a leader in the community and I would like to see that continue. I appreciate the opportunity to work with my dedicated colleagues on the staff and board at Vantage West as we navigate a challenging market and enhance services for Members.

Thank you for your support.

Ratification of Amendment to Section 6.3 of the Bylaws

Vantage West’s Board of Directors recommends a YES vote on the ratification of an amendment to Section 6.3 of the credit union’s Bylaws. This change will simplify and bring consistency to the eligibility and qualification requirements to serve on the credit union’s Board of Directors.

The Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions has reviewed and approved this amendment. Now, as Members you are asked to formally ratify this amendment.

Previous language of Section 6.3:

Section 6.3. Eligibility and Qualification Requirements. To be eligible and qualified to serve on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors, a member must:

a)    be a natural person;

b)    be bondable by the Credit Union;

c)    be eligible to vote in Credit Union elections and at membership meetings;

d)    be a member of the Credit Union in good standing at the time he or she submitted his or her application to serve on the Board of Directors or the Supervisory Committee, as applicable;

e)    not have been employed in any position (except the President/CEO position) in the previous one (1) year by the Credit Union or any of its Credit Union service organizations, or not have been employed in the President/CEO position in the previous five (5) years by the Credit Union or any of its Credit Union service organizations;

f)     not be an immediate family member (e.g., spouse, domestic partner, cohabitant, child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent, great grandparent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepsibling, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or first cousin) of a Director, Supervisory Committee member, associate member, officer, volunteer, or employee of the Credit Union; and

g)    not be employed by, or actively serving on any committee or board of, any other financial services provider that is a direct competitor of the Credit Union or be a household member of an employee of any other financial services provider that is a direct competitor of the Credit Union.

Proposed language of Section 6.3:

Section 6.3. Eligibility and Qualification Requirements. To be eligible and qualified to serve on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors, a member must:

a)    be a natural person;

b)    be bondable by the Credit Union;

c)    be eligible to vote in Credit Union elections and at membership meetings;

d)    be a member of the Credit Union in good standing at the time he or she submitted his or her application to serve on the Board of Directors or the Supervisory Committee, as applicable;

e)    not have been employed in any position in the previous five (5) years by the Credit Union or any of its Credit Union service organizations;

f)     not be an immediate family member (e.g., spouse, domestic partner, cohabitant, child, stepchild, grandchild, parent, stepparent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent, great grandparent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepsibling, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or first cousin) of a Director, Supervisory Committee member, associate member, officer, volunteer, or employee of the Credit Union; and

g)    not be employed by, or actively serving on any committee or board of, any other financial services provider that is a direct competitor of the Credit Union or be a household member of an employee of any other financial services provider that is a direct competitor of the Credit Union.