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GFA Federal Credit Union ($658M, Gardner, MA) has selected John Knierim to serve as Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. Knierim, a senior executive with four decades of experience, was placed by DDJ Myers, the well-known leadership development firm.
 “I am excited to join GFA and look forward to building on the success the credit union has already seen. GFA’s dedication to their members is a testament to their values,” says John Knierim, EVP, CFO.
John has served as a management consultant and as the chief financial officer of several New England credit unions and banks. Throughout his career, Knierim has specialized in strategic planning, accounting and financial reporting, asset-liability management, budgeting and forecasting, financial analysis, deposit & loan growth, enterprise risk management, investments, and working with regulators for credit unions, banks, and finance companies.
“John is a collaborative, results-oriented professional, and we’re pleased to welcome him to the GFA FCU team,” says Mark Hettinger, President/CEO of GFA FCU. “His skills and experience in teambuilding, increasing efficiencies, and creating asset growth will benefit our credit union and our members.”
Knierim obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Binghamton University. He resides in Milford, Massachusetts, and enjoys music and hiking with his dog in his spare time.
About GFA Federal Credit Union
GFA Federal Credit Union was created in 1938 by 20 founding fathers who pooled together $755.00. Today, this full-service credit union is headquartered in Gardner and has ten branches, seven in Massachusetts and three in New Hampshire. With a robust electronic banking platform and strong member acceptance, GFA has an even broader reach. The credit union has a strong capital position and over $649 million in assets, with approximately 31,000 members and a multiple common bond field of membership. Additionally, GFA has two wholly owned subsidiaries, one for insurance sales and the other serving the legal, licensed cannabis industry, along with a strong commercial lending program. Backed by a cohesive Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee, GFA FCU lives up to its mission statement of earning the trusted position as its members’ financial solutions partner, for all life’s occasions, while remaining invested in the community. For more information, visit
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