American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) announced that Howard Brady has been appointed to the role of President & CEO. Brady succeeds Dean Marchessault, who in mid-2021 publicly announced his intent to retire after 22 years of service to Connecticut’s largest community credit union—seven as President & CEO. Brady has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at AEFCU since 2015.

“The Board of the Directors has full confidence that Howard Brady is the right person to lead American Eagle Financial Credit Union,” stated Michael P. DePasquale, Chairman of the Board of Directors for AEFCU. “His leadership and proven performance makes him a natural successor to Dean, whose tenure has produced impressive growth and success for our organization. We thank Dean for his contributions and wish him all the best.”

“American Eagle has a rich history of providing exceptional service to our members, and giving back to our communities. I look forward to the challenge of continuing that legacy, while focusing on developing our incredible team of talent for continued growth and advancement in the future,” said AEFCU President & CEO Howard Brady. “I want to thank and congratulate Dean Marchessault, who has been an incredible mentor to me, and a well-respected leader who substantially enhanced American Eagle’s reputation as an industry frontrunner and significant contributor in our service area.”

In 2020, Marchessault delivered notice of his intent to retire to the Board of Directors. Based upon the organization’s succession planning process, and after rigorous deliberation, American Eagle announced in mid-2021 that Howard Brady would become the Credit Union’s next President and CEO effective January 3, 2022.

Brady joined American Eagle in October 2014 as Vice President, Real Estate Lending and was later named Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer in September 2015. Before he arrived at AEFCU, Brady held numerous positions in the financial, credit union, mortgage lending and ticketing industries. An enthusiastic advocate for the advancement of all Credit Unions, Brady currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Credit Union League of Connecticut. He is a 1996 graduate of Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington), where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History. He is a resident of Old Saybrook, Conn., where he lives with his wife Meghan and their two children.

Established in 1935, American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) is a full-service credit union offering checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, business accounts and more. American Eagle offers banking online, through its mobile app, or at one of its 14 branches located in Connecticut. AEFCU has more than 160,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and offers banking services to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, and New Haven County in Connecticut, and Hampden County in Massachusetts.