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Whatever your Southeast Texas-based business requires, we work hard to find the right solutions and pair you with the right services. We take time to listen to your specific circumstances and understand your business because one-size-fits-all answers don't fit you.
VP of Business Lending
Trudy Johnson has 34 years of banking experience; her expertise is mainly in commercial and small-business lending. She has specialized in branch management, operations, compliance conversion, and documentation management.
Trudy attended the Texas Bankers Association Lending School and various professional conferences on lending practices. In 2005, she became a member of the Small Business Alliance Millionaire's Club for closing a loan that brought a new medical facility and jobs to Beaumont.
She is actively involved in the local chamber of commerce, Leadership Beaumont, serves on the Board of Directors for the Garth House and is a child advocate for CASA. As an active supporter of volunteering efforts, she is highly involved in EFFCU’s Volunteer Investment Program and volunteers for civic causes.
Trudy has been married for over 37 years and is the proud parent of two children, two step-grandchildren, and two grand-dogs.
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Business Loan Manager
Jessica, a native of Beaumont, TX, graduated from West Brook High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Business Management from the University of Houston. Joining Education First FCU in 2015, she discovered her passion for lending and helping members achieve their financial goals. With experience in various lending positions, including mortgage, Jessica now serves as the Business Loan Manager.
She has been involved over the years in the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Beaumont Rotary Club, SETX YPO, and currently serves as Treasurer for SETX Referral Group.
She enjoys giving back to the community and building relationships through volunteering. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling with her husband, Dalen.
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Business Development Officer
A native of Southeast Texas, Troy is a graduate of Lamar University and an eight-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Prior to joining Education First in October 2022, Troy served as a Senior Project Manager with a national environmental services company. As the Business Development Officer, Troy is inspired by our Business Lending team's role in fulfilling the entrepreneurial dreams of our business members and is passionate about making sure that other businesses in Southeast Texas also know about the personal and thorough services that the credit union provides.
Troy is an Ambassador of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary Club of Beaumont. He is a Board member of the Beaumont Youth Soccer Club, where he also is an Elite Coach/Trainer and Referee. When he’s not at work, you can find Troy on the soccer fields and spending time with friends and family. Troy and his wife of 11 years are the proud parents of four children.
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Business Loan Officer
Raised in Southeast Texas, Bree Timberlake joined the Business Lending Department at Education First in June 2020. With over 10 years of experience in financial services and a passion for working with entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses, her addition to the team was a natural fit!
Bree and her husband are proud parents of three daughters. She enjoys spending her free time cheering them on in sports activities and volunteering at her church.
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