Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is pleased to announce the internal promotion of Brian Gawin from Senior Commercial Lender to Vice President of Business Banking. Gawin has been with GLCU since early 2021, supporting small business owners by providing them with customized financial solutions, including business loans and deposits, merchant card payment services, business credit cards, and more. In his new position, Gawin is responsible for the strategic direction of GLCU’s full suite of Business Banking products and services that help empower local businesses to achieve their business goals.

Speaking on the possibilities accompanying his promotion, Gawin said, “I’m excited about expanding GLCU’s Business Banking team and continuing to build our reputation within the small business community as a preferred banking service provider. 

“To achieve this goal, I look forward to continuing to grow GLCU’s portfolio of Business Banking deposit products and services. Our organization prides itself on taking the time to understand how a business operates and what its specific needs are in order to provide customized banking solutions. By continuing to expand on our portfolio of products and services, we can further enhance our ability to fully service the needs of the small to mid-sized business owners within our communities.”

Beyond bolstering financial solutions for local businesses, Gawin actively seeks out and builds new partnerships with strategic community partners and local organizations that align with GLCU’s philosophy of financial empowerment and banking for a greater good.  

Gawin’s advancement to Vice President of Business Banking comes after decades of professional experience in the financial services industry, first starting his banking career with the position of Personal Banker at Chase Bank in the early 1990s. 

From there, he rose through the ranks in the banking and credit union world, serving in a number of senior lender and management roles, including Senior Relationship Banker of Business Banking at BMO Harris Bank, Market Manager at CIBC U.S., and Vice President at Northbrook Bank & Trust.

Throughout these professional tenures, Gawin gained extensive experience in commercial lending and loan underwriting, high-profile relationship management, strategic planning, and business consulting services.

His background also includes numerous positions with local volunteer and community service organizations, including his current position as Board Member and Treasurer of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.  

Gawin holds a MBA in finance, economics, and international business from the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University, in Chicago, where he graduated with honors and was awarded Beta Gamma Sigma recognition for outstanding academic achievement. Previously, he had earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Il.

About Great Lakes Credit Union

Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Northern Illinois, GLCU is committed to financial empowerment for you. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative with over $1 billion in assets, GLCU is proud to serve more than 80,000 members in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. Learn more about GLCU’s accounts, educational initiatives and community development programs at

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