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Ann Marie Nelson steps down after productive years as Chief Executive Officer

9/7/2022: Ann Marie Nelson steps down after productive years as Chief Executive Officer

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI: Adventure Credit Union President/CEO, Ann Marie Nelson has tendered her resignation after three productive years as the organization’s leader.  Under Nelson’s leadership the credit union has made great strides with their key initiatives: data analysis, digital channels, and staff development.

Ann Marie Nelson is a veteran of the credit union industry with more than 30 years of experience.  Ann Marie is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and served as the SVP of Human Resources at DFCU Financial before joining Adventure in 2019.  Having helped Adventure navigate the COVID pandemic and find their footing on a path towards long term success, Nelson is confident that now is the right time for her to step down as CEO and return to her roots in Human Resources.  Ann Marie has accepted an executive level Human Resources position with another financial institution.

On September 6th, Amanda Garabedian, Adventure’s Chief Operating Officer has assumed the role as the credit union’s Interim CEO.  Garabedian has held the position of COO at Adventure since 2019 and has already guided the organization through several major projects including a digital banking platform conversion.  Amanda has more than 15 years of experience in credit union leadership and financial technologies.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University.

When asked about the transition, Ann Marie explained: “I have so enjoyed my time here, I am proud of what we have accomplished together; I am looking forward to what Adventure will accomplish in the years to come.”  Amanda added: “It is an honor to be stepping into this new role as interim CEO.  We have an amazing team at Adventure, and I love being part of this organization.  With the strength of our team, and the guidance of our Board of Directors, I’m confident the credit union will continue to excel.”


About Adventure Credit Union:

Adventure Credit Union is a Michigan community-based financial institution serving ten counties in the Greater Grand Rapids and Lansing Metropolitan areas.  Our team of Trusted Financial Guides serve more than 30,000 credit union members and manage over $430 million in assets.  We partner with our members, employees, and communities to enrich their financial lives.  Adventure Credit Union offers a full suite of financial services for individuals and business members including Edge Checking, one of the area's best high yield checking accounts.  For more information, visit