Board of Directors Annual Election Notice

There are two (2) director positions open for election in 2016. The Nominating Committee, appointed by the Chairman of the Board, has nominated one member for each board position to be filled. The two positions, the terms for each position, and the nominees are as follows:

  • Position 1 (term: 2016 – 2019) – Matthew Ralph, Incumbent Director
  • Position 2 (term: 2016 – 2019) – Ignacio Orozco, Jr., Incumbent Director

A brief statement of qualifications and biographical data for each of the nominees is included with this notice.

84th Annual Meeting
Firstmark Credit Union will hold its 84th Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The meeting will be held at Firstmark Credit Union’s main office, located at 2023 Gold Canyon Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78232.

Further nominations may be made by official petition signed by 500 eligible members. Official petitions and the rules and instructions for the completion of the official petition may be obtained by contacting the credit union’s executive office, located at 2023 Gold Canyon Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78232, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Official petitions must be completed in full compliance with the election rules as set forth in the Rules and Instructions for the completion of the official petition, and must include each signer’s signature and printed name, the last 4 digits of the signer’s member number, and the signer’s complete address and telephone number. Members who are 18 years of age or older and who meet certain requirements under the Texas Finance Code and regulations of the Texas Credit Union Commission are eligible for election. Official petitions must be accompanied by a signed statement from the nominee that he or she is agreeable to the nomination and will accept office if elected, and should also include a brief statement of qualifications and biographical data. Elected officials are legally responsible for the fiscal integrity of the credit union and for compliance with state and federal laws.

Official petitions must be filed with the Secretary of the Board of Directors at the credit union office located at 2023 Gold Canyon Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78232, by 4 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, which is the closing date for receiving nominations by petition. If no official petitions are received by 4 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, there will be no election by ballot and no nominations from the floor. When only one member is nominated for each position to be filled, each nominee shall be deemed elected by general consent or acclamation. If there is more than one nominee for any position, the election shall be by mail ballot and the Secretary of the Board of Directors shall cause printed ballots to be mailed to members eligible to vote. In such event, the election shall be determined by plurality vote.

Matthew Ralph (Incumbent Director)

Mr. Ralph began his professional career as an officer in the United States Air Force, where he served for over 20 years. He is currently an Associate Director for the Air Force Audit Agency and Chief of Operations of Pediatric Dental Wellness in San Antonio.  A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Ralph holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in Administrative Management/Business Administration. A member of the credit union’s Audit Committee since 2012, Mr. Ralph joined the Board of Directors as an Advisory Director in 2013 and was appointed Director in 2015.

Ignacio Orozco, Jr. (Incumbent Director)

Member of Firstmark Credit Union for more than 45 years and a lifelong educator, Mr. Orozco began his career in 1961 at Irving Junior High School and Fox Tech High School. Graduate of St. Mary’s University, Mr. Orozco holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English. In 1968, he became Professor of English at San Antonio College and continued in this position until his retirement in 2008. A former member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, Mr. Orozco has served on the Firstmark Credit Union Board of Directors since 1971. He was appointed Secretary and Treasurer of the Board in 2015.