Credit union selects area man as new president, CEO

Kyrene Corridor resident Steve Hazel has been promoted to president/CEO of Tempe Schools Credit Union, succeeding Jim Simpson, who retired.

Hazel began his career with TSCU in 1988. He started as a teller while attending Arizona State University and eventually moved through the ranks serving as a member service representative, marketing director, human resources director, chief operations officer and, most recently, executive vice president.

Hazel graduated from ASU with a B.A. in Asian Languages and later received his M.B.A. from Grand Canyon University.

“We feel very fortunate to have an individual on our staff who has the qualities that are important to us in a CEO,” said Alex Arredondo, chairman of the Board of Directors. “Steve has a solid business and educational background along with a demonstrated commitment to providing excellent member service. We look forward to the credit union’s continued growth under Steve’s leadership.”

Hazel’s commitment to community service is apparent in his volunteer work. His civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors for Save the Family, the Tempe YMCA and the Friends Helping Friends Foundation.

He is also a member of the Tempe Sunrise Kiwanis Club, Business Internship Scholarship Committee, Kyrene Elementary School District Compensation Study Committee, Tempe Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Tempe.

“I’m looking forward to all the challenges and rewards that go along with leading such a great organization,” said Hazel.

“But most of all, I’m excited to have been chosen to carry on the commitment to service, quality and integrity that Tempe Schools Credit Union stands for.”