Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of GTE Financial, Chad Burney, was appointed Director – Partnerships for Tighten the Drag Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that supports individuals who have suffered catastrophic spinal cord injuries through scholarships, rehabilitative therapy and recreational therapy activities.
As part of GTE Financial’s focus of giving back to the communities in which they serve, every month the credit union organizes activities and volunteer efforts to raise money for a meaningful, local non-profit.
“I can’t tell you enough how amazing it is to work for an organization that truly exists to help people. In September of 2014, my life change completely, after falling from a twenty foot tree while hunting in Georgia. I broke my spine at the C4, C5 and C6 levels and was a quadriplegic for almost 2 weeks,” says Chad Burney, SVP, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Operating Officer at GTE Financial.
“After the better part of 7 months in various hospitals, I was able to return to my family and GTE Financial. Although I suffer debilitating pain from my severe spinal cord injury, I want to tell my story and give back, as there are so many folks that endure chronic pain and permanent damage far worse than my own. I am thrilled to be a part of this outstanding foundation and could not be more grateful to the credit union for their extraordinary charitable efforts.”
GTE Financial will be supporting Tighten the Drag through shirt sales, donations and fundraising events throughout the month of March. If you’d like to help support, please visit www.gtefinancial.org/spine for full details. Additional information on Tighten the Drag Foundation can be found at www.tightenthedragfoundation.org.
About GTE Financial
GTE Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than $1.7 billion in assets and 22 Community Financial Centers located throughout West Central, Florida. Chartered in 1935, GTE Financial is locally owned and operated in the Tampa Bay area and serves more than 250,000 individuals and businesses. More information on GTE Financial can be found at www.gtefinancial.org.