Board of Directors Annual Election Notice

Annual Membership Meeting
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 6:00 P.M. Business Meeting 2023 Gold Canyon Drive San Antonio, Texas 78232

There are three (3) director positions open for election in 2018. The Nominating Committee, appointed by the Chairman of the Board, has nominated one member for each board position to be filled. The three positions, the terms for each position, and the nominees are as follows:

  • Position 1 (term: 2018 – 2021) – Rudy Peña, Incumbent Director
  • Position 2 (term: 2018 – 2021) – Kyle Friesenhahn, Incumbent Director
  • Position 3 (term: 2018 – 2021) – Donald Pinson, Incumbent Director

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

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 administrative 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 Monday, November 6, 2017, which is the closing date for receiving nominations by petition. If no official petitions are received by 4 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017, 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.

Rodolfo "Rudy" Peña (Incumbent Director)

A member of Firstmark Credit Union since 1972, Mr. Peña has served as a director of the Board since 2002. Professionally, he served as Director of Secondary Human Resources for the Northside Independent School District until his retirement in 2012, where he was responsible for overseeing the staffing of school personnel for middle and high schools throughout the district. His professional associations included membership in the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators. A native Texan, Mr. Peña earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and a master’s degree from Texas A&I University. Mr. Peña considers his service to the Firstmark Credit Union Board of Directors a meaningful opportunity to serve the community’s long-term financial wellbeing.

Kyle Friesenhahn (Incumbent Director)

Combining her love for music with a career in education, Ms. Friesenhahn has dedicated the past 40 years as Band Director to high school students throughout the satellite communities served by the Seguin, Luling, LaVernia, and Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School Districts. Ms. Friesenhahn is originally from Pflugerville, Texas, where she earned her high school diploma. She attended college at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education. She is actively involved in the Texas Music Educators’ Association, the Texas Bandmasters’ Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators’ Association, and the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Music Fraternity. Ms. Friesenhahn began in a volunteer capacity with the credit union by serving on the prestigious Nominating Committee in 2006, and was then asked to serve on the Board of Directors as an Advisory Director in 2007. She was subsequently elected by the
membership as a full Director in 2009.

Donald Pinson (Incumbent Director)

Prior to his retirement in 2004, Mr. Pinson spent the better part of four decades serving the San Antonio education community at both the San Antonio and Northside Independent School Districts as teacher, assistant principal, and vice principal, finally capping his career as principal of a large 5A high school. A graduate of local Jefferson High School, Mr. Pinson earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, and his Master of Business Administration and Mid-Management Certification from the University of Texas in San Antonio. During his career he was recognized as the Texas Assistant Princial of the Year in 1996 and Individual Volunteer of the Year (NISD), and now continues an active involvement in the Texas Retired Teachers Association. Mr. Pinson joined the Firstmark Credit Union Board of Directors as an advisory director in 2006, and was appointed a director of the Board in 2008. He has served as chairman of the Board since 2012.