BrightStar Credit Union Names Michael Tomko President & CEO

Michael Tomko
BrightStar Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in South Florida with more than 54,000 members, announced today that credit union and banking executive, Michael Tomko, has been named its President and CEO. Tomko replaces Dr. Colin Battle, who was serving as interim CEO.

“We are very pleased that Michael Tomko has joined our team,” said Dr. Dorothy Orr, BrightStar Credit Union’s Board Chairperson. “Mr. Tomko’s personal philosophy of providing outstanding member service and always doing what is right for the members fits perfectly with BrightStar Credit Union’s philosophy of “people helping people.”

Before joining BrightStar, Michael Tomko was the Senior Vice-President of Operations at Community First Credit Union in Jacksonville, Florida. He began his banking career twenty-nine years ago as a certified fraud examiner; and, he has also worked extensively in operations, lending, and retail banking at organizations such as First Union, Colonial Bank, and First National Bank of Florida. He transitioned into credit unions when he joined Community First Credit Union in 2003. Tomko is a graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

“I’m excited to join such a wonderful organization,” said Tomko. “BrightStar Credit Union has a rich history of serving its members—-and, an impressive presence in the community. I look forward to continuing to focus on member service as well as offering great credit union products to more consumers in South Florida.”

An active community leader, Michael Tomko has served as vice-president of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, on the Jacksonville Florida Women’s Business Council Advisory Board, and on the Board of the Community First Cares Foundation. He believes strongly in giving back to the community. Tomko and his wife, Lisa, are animal rescue volunteers with more than a few animals of their own, all rescues.

BrightStar’s Interim CEO, Dr. Colin Battle stated, “Mike Tomko is a standout candidate with strong credentials that will assist him in leading BrightStar to the next level and beyond; and, we look forward to his leadership.” Dr. Battle will return to his role as a member of the Board of Directors where he has served since 1992 in a variety of positions (including Treasurer and Board Vice Chairperson).

With more than 54,000 members, BrightStar Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit member-owned cooperative; and, one of the largest credit unions in South Florida. With a total of seven branch locations in Broward County, BrightStar offers a variety of financial services—-including checking and savings accounts, personal, home equity, and mortgage loans; and, investments and insurance. For more information, please visit

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