Westerra Credit Union Welcomes Daniel (DJ) Kutch as Chief Financial Officer

Denver, CO – Westerra Credit Union has selected Daniel (DJ) Kutch as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  With nearly 25-years of experience in the financial industry - 15 years working in credit unions and an additional 9 years in public accounting – Kutch has the financial acumen to adapt to the current financial environment while his valuable expertise will help ensure the future sustainability for Westerra, and its members.

Kutch recently served as the CFO at Horne, LLP, one of the top accounting firms in the U.S., as well as CFO for Keesler Federal Credit Union and Clearview Federal Credit Union.  In his role at Westerra he will provide strategic direction to the Executive Team and the Board of Directors while supporting Westerra’s mission – To positively impact lives through personal attention and financial education. 

"DJ’s positive attitude and proven track record of building successful teams with a shared vision for operational excellence make him a natural fit for Westerra’s culture and our strategic outlook,” said Steve Schmidle, Westerra CEO/President, “Additonaly, his emphasis on fostering a member-centric culture to drive growth aligns with how we serve our members and plan for future generations.”


“I am excited for this new opportunity and to work within a competitive, metropolitan market,” said Kutch. “Westerra has been a pillar of Denver’s financial community for 90-years and I look forward to continuing to help it, and its members, thrive.”

Currently residing in Pennsylvania, Kutch and his family will be relocating to Denver for his new role. Avid ice hockey fans – both of his sons play the sport and they are looking forward to attending Colorado Avalanche games – they are also eager to immerse themselves in the Mile High City’s plentiful outdoor activities, including hiking, golfing, boating and attending concerts at Red Rocks. 


About Westerra Credit Union:
Founded in Denver 1934 by eight schoolteachers, Westerra lives into its purpose “We exist to teach one another to prosper” by focusing on meaningful relationships, helping individuals, families and businesses meet their financial goals, and positively impacting lives through financial education. Westerra holds approximately $2 billion in assets, is member-owned and serves 110,000 members across the Denver metro area. Each individual depositor at Westerra is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. In 2024, Westerra was one of 3 credit unions selected for Newsweek’s “America’s Best Regional Banks and Credit Unions” list. Join us in building a modern financial community where we all truly belong by becoming a member in less than 5 minutes! For more information, visit www.westerracu.com.

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