2019 Board Nominees

  • Three-year term: Dan Kester (incumbent Board Director
  • Three-year term: Tom Teynor (incumbent Board Director)
  • One-year term: Brad Blackwell

Biographical information for each of these candidates is provided below, as is an overview of existing credit union officials and staff.


Overview of Current Clean Energy CU Officials and Staff

Clean Energy CU’s staff, Board of Directors, and Supervisory Committee includes a balanced mix of experience with credit unions, banks, clean energy companies, and start-ups.  

Clean Energy CU Staff and Officials


2019 Board Nominees


Board Nominee Dan KesterDan Kester

For the past twenty years, Dan Kester has served as the President of Sooper Credit Union, headquartered in Arvada, CO. Prior to that, he was the President of VAR (now Foothills) Credit Union for six years. Dan recently stepped down from the Credit Union Service Network Board of Managers, as well as the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) Board of Directors. Until 2016, he served on the CUNA Governmental Affairs Committee. He is the Vice-Chairman of the boards of CUProdigy and HomeCU. Dan previously served on the CUNA State sub-committee for ten years, was on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Credit Union Association of Colorado (serving as Chairman for four years), and was Secretary of the NASCUS Advisory Council and on the Board of Managers for the Credit Union Indirect Lending Association. His service within the credit union movement also includes eight years on the Colorado Credit Union League Board of Directors, as well as an additional six years of previous involvement on the CUSN Board of Managers. In 2009, Governor Bill Ritter appointed Dan to the Colorado Division of Racing Events Commission and he was confirmed by the Colorado Senate in 2010. He served until 2013. He was recognized with the Dan Kester Award for political and legislative activity by the Credit Union Association of Colorado in 2007. Dan was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the MWCUA in 2014 and was inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in 2015. His educational efforts resulted in a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado. He is a native of Colorado and has two children.  Dan presently serves on the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Credit Union. His current term expires on May 20, 2019.


Board Nominee Tom TeynorTom Teynor

Tom Teynor is the COO of Turbine Labs, where he oversees all functions of the business. He founded Divination Consulting, a management consultancy focused on helping start-ups and early growth stage companies. He has been a C-level executive at three start-ups including Ascent360, a SaaS-based marketing technology company, Coolerado Corporation, a cleantech air conditioning manufacturer, and Alysis Technologies, a Saas-based financial technology company. Tom sold Coolerado to Seeley International and Alysis Technologies to Pitney Bowes. He has more than 20 years of experience growing businesses in the software, energy efficiency, financial services, and internet services industries. Tom also held senior leadership and marketing positions at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, Pitney Bowes, and Wells Fargo Bank. He is part of the instructor group for the Energy i-Corps program and has taught several MBA classes. He has also served on the boards of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA), Coolerado Corporation, and TopLine Federal Credit Union. Tom received both his Bachelor of Business Administration and MBA degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and completed additional leadership training at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Tom presently serves on the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Credit Union. His current term expires on May 20, 2019.


Board Nominee Brad BlackwellBrad Blackwell

Brad Blackwell has over 30 years of bank industry experience.  Before recently retiring, Brad was an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo Home Lending (WFHL). In this role, Brad was responsible for leading a number of teams that focus on advancing homeownership through the development of housing policy and strategies to implement and promote products and programs that fill gaps, at-scale, for customers and communities with specialized mortgage needs across the economic spectrum.  Prior to this, Brad led the Portfolio Lending group for WFHL to build industry leading portfolio capabilities by championing home equity products across the enterprise while also expanding Wells Fargo non-agency (jumbo) lending programs. Previously, he spent more than a decade as Executive Vice President of WFHL and jointly led the nation’s #1 retail mortgage production team. He was responsible for a distributed retail sales team of approximately 10,500 home mortgage consultants who originated residential mortgage loans in more than 2,400 mortgage stores nationwide. Brad was named to the post in 2004 after serving three years as a Senior Vice President for WFHL’s Pacific Markets where he led efforts that doubled Wells Fargo’s retail share on the West Coast. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2001, Brad was Senior Vice President for residential lending at Washington Mutual for three years and a Loan Consultant and Regional Manager for 17 years with World Savings. He also managed mortgage marketing, product development, sales planning, and retail banking organizations for World Savings.  Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1982. He is passionate about environmental stewardship and charitable giving, and he is excited about the potential opportunity to help Clean Energy Credit Union pursue its mission and scale its positive environmental impact.


Diversity Statement by Board Chair, Blake Jones

Clean Energy CU strives to improve the diversity – in all of its forms – of its staff, board, supervisory committee, and membership. Although one of our three candidates is Asian American, the 2019 Nominating Committee is sheepishly aware that its nominations this year do not help us progress towards our gender diversity goals. That being said, we believe that our three nominated candidates are wonderfully qualified and mission-aligned, and two of them are incumbent directors who have played invaluable roles in helping our credit union to obtain its federal charter and achieve such a successful launch during our first start-up year. As a member-owned cooperative, we’re hoping that our members will help us to continue improving the diversity of all of the stakeholder groups of our credit union.