Hughes Federal Credit Union announces retirement of Robert Swick

Hughes Federal Credit Union today announced that Robert J. Swick will be retiring from his position as president on April 28, followed by a distinguished 37-year career that saw membership grow from 31,500 to 178,000 and total assets increase from $239 million to $1.9 billion.

Robert Swick

Swick joined Hughes in 1986 as a finance manager and was promoted over the years to vice president of finance and data processing and executive vice president. Then, in 1999, Swick was named the credit union’s president and general manager. He has also served as Hughes’ board treasurer since 2000.

Swick said that one of his proudest career accomplishments was obtaining a low-income, underserved community charter in 2001, allowing the credit union to make a positive difference in the financial lives of many more Tucsonans.

“Swick made a career on the unwavering promise of ‘people helping people,’ said Hughes Board Chairman Juan Gonzalez. “Our members, employees and community have all benefitted from Robert’s vision and leadership, and it has been a privilege to work with him. All of us at Hughes are incredibly grateful for his many impressive contributions.”

During his tenure, Hughes received numerous prestigious awards for product and service excellence from leading banking and business organizations, including Forbes’ “Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions” listings in 2018 and 2019. In 2021, Swick was recognized as an Arizona Business Leader of the Year by Az Business magazine. In addition, the credit union was consistently recognized for its community service and as a favorite local credit union in the Arizona Daily Star Reader’s Choice awards.

Under Swick’s leadership, Hughes also earned a 5-Star “Superior” rating from BauerFinancial, a rating agency that analyzes and reports on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry. For 33 years, Hughes has received “Excellent” and “Superior” BauerFinancial ratings, a testament to the financial strength and stability of the credit union.

“It has been an honor to serve as a Hughes leader for more than 37 years alongside many remarkable leaders, volunteers and employees,” Swick said. “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together by remaining committed to our members’ financial wellness and community’s vitality through scholarship and financial literacy programs.”

The Board of Directors is in the process of selecting Swick’s successor and expects to fill the position in late April.

Teresie Zmyslinski is Frazer Ryan’s new firm administrator

Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold announced that Teresie Zmyslinski, CP, is Frazer Ryan’s new Firm Administrator.

Teresie Zmyslinsk

She succeeds Jerri Buchtel, who retired March 31, 2023. Teresie joined Frazer Ryan’s administrative leadership team in April 2022, and for the last year Teresie and Jerri have worked closely to ensure a seamless transition.

Teresie served as the 2022-2023 President of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Arizona Chapter. She has worked in law firm administration for over 18 years, most recently as Director of Marketing and Communications at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. in Phoenix.

In addition to her leadership position within the ALA Arizona Chapter, Teresie is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

She is also a Certified Paralegal, receiving her paralegal certificate in 2009 from Phoenix College and the Certified Paralegal designation in 2011 from NALA.

Teresie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Human Services at California State University, Fullerton in 1997.

Plexus Worldwide announces Mike Beardall as COO

Mike Beardall

Plexus Worldwide (Plexus®), one of the largest direct selling health and wellness companies in the world, has named Mike Beardall as its new Chief Operating Officer. With more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience in the nutrition and wellness space, Beardall has joined the C-Suite to grow Plexus and ensure its financial strength and operational efficiency. He will also be responsible for implementing Plexus’ global expansion strategy and ensuring operational excellence of existing infrastructure and processes.

“Mike’s track record of success and passion for incorporating leading-edge management practices and technology into operations to support growth plans make him the perfect addition to the team,” said Gene Tipps, Plexus CEO. “Throughout his career, Mike has demonstrated exceptional skills as a strategic leader and team player who inspires high performance across all organizational levels.”

Before joining Plexus, Beardall held various leadership positions at nutrition and wellness companies, including President of Rhyz Manufacturing at NuSkin, CEO of Arizona Nutritional Supplements, President of Nutri-Force Nutrition, and CEO and CFO of Cornerstone Research and Development. In his leadership roles, Mike helped to successfully scale these organizations, expand their markets globally, and improve their day-to-day processes.

“I’m excited to join the talented team at Plexus and contribute my experiences to help grow the company’s brand and global operations,” said Beardall. “Plexus is perfectly positioned for both domestic and international expansion, and I look forward to working with the team to ensure the operational systems and processes we have in place to serve our customers are primed to facilitate growth.”

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