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2021 Board Elections

2021 Board Elections

As you probably know, credit unions are financial cooperatives owned by the members that bank with them. As an account-holder and owner at Great Basin, you have the opportunity to cast your vote and select the volunteer board of directors that oversees the credit union’s strategic initiatives.

This year, there are two positions available on the Board of Directors. Below is the biographical information on the candidates certified by the Nominating Committee for your consideration for the election to the Board of Directors.

Nominations for vacancies may be made by petition and signed by at least one percent (1%) of the membership or a minimum of 180 qualifying member signatures.

Nominations by petition must be submitted no later than March 15, 2021 (postmarked by 12:00 midnight). Along with the petition, the nominees must submit a signed statement that they are agreeable to nomination and will serve if elected to office. Nominees will also need to submit a typed biography, including why they are interested in serving, their qualifications, and their education. Biographical information furnished will be printed and provided with the ballot. To run for the Board of Directors, nominees must be a Great Basin Federal Credit Union member who is at least 18 years of age.

Great Basin FCU Board Member Requirements:

  • Must make the time and effort to perform the duties of a Director
  • Prepare for, attend and participate in all Board meetings
  • May not be related to or live with a current Great Basin FCU Board member, Committee Member or employee
  • Must be of current sound financial standing (A credit report may be required)
  • Must be an active member of Great Basin FCU and use its products/services
  • Must be willing to attend educational meetings and  seminars to further his/her knowledge of Great Basin FCU and the credit union movement

There will be no ballot process or nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting which will be held May 20, 2021. Note: At this time, we plan to hold the Annual Meeting in person, but it may be held virtually if needed. We will inform all membership at such time.

The petition, statement of willingness to serve, and biography should be submitted to:

Chairman, Nominating Committee, Great Basin FCU, 9770 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV  89511.

Nominee Information

The following incumbens have been certified by the Nominating Committee for your consideration for the re-election to the Board of Directors.

JAN GIBLERT (incumbent):

Mr. Gilbert has been a Great Basin member since 1985 and a credit union member for 57 years.  He has several years’ service as a volunteer on the board and was also a former Chair of the Supervisory Committee and the Asset/Liability Management Committee. He has also served as a member of Forward Planning Committee and CUSO Committee.  His service has included participation in the annual planning sessions both as a board and committee member.

Mr. Gilbert is retired. He was employed in the supermarket industry for 35 years including locally owned Scolari’s Food and Drug Company as Vice President of Buying and Merchandising until 1998. He then worked for Port of Subs in development of new franchise and corporate submarine sandwich restaurants.

Mr. Gilbert’s goals are to work with the other board members and the management team to help provide leadership and direction  during the challenging  economic conditions we are currently dealing with and to continue the solid performance of our credit union into the future.  By serving on the board with the other dedicated volunteers, he can help provide the credit union benefits he has experienced over the years to our members.

MIKE CASSINGHAM (incumbent):

A second generation Nevada, Mike was born in Elko.  Raised in Carson City, Mike attended local schools and graduated from Carson High School.  In 1978, he earned a degree in Heavy Duty Mechanics from Utah Technical College.  This led him to several positions as a journeyman mechanic for two local heavy truck sales companies.  Using his mechanical background, he started his sales career as the local sales manager of Comstock Kenworth, an equipment sales company.

In November of 1989, Mike started his new career at Lee Bros. Leesing where he feels very fortunate to be working for such a professional company with the highest integrity in the automotive business.  As the Vice-President of Operations, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Lee Bros. Sales Department.  Lee Bros. offers a variety of high-quality used cars, trucks, and vans.

Mike also holds the distinction of being a Certified Vehicle Leasing Executive (CVLE) after successfully completing the Association’s advanced study program.  Mike is actively involved in the Reno Rodeo Association, Ducks Unlimited, and the Reno Basque Club.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling.  He and his wife, Sheree – also a native Nevadan – have two beautiful daughters, Brittany and Cierra.

Mike started on the Great Basin Federal Credit Union Supervisory Board in 2004, using his experience in auto loans to ensure the credit union continues to be the driving force in retail loans. Mike was appointed Board of Director in 2006 and has been working to grow Great Basin FCU to be the lending leader of this community.

All Board Members will be required to sign and acknowledge that they understand both the Standards of Conduct Policy and the Fraud Policy of Great Basin Federal Credit Union.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 775.333.4228 or