Pioneer Credit Company announces new board members
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THE NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD of directors of Pioneer Credit Company pose for a photo at one of their meetings. Contributed photo
THE NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD of directors of Pioneer Credit Company pose for a photo at one of their meetings. Contributed photo
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Pioneer Credit Company recently announced the addition of five members to its corporate board of directors.

The new board members and their current respective positions with Pioneer Credit Company are: Todd Copic, senior vice president and chief financial officer; John "Ricky" Hentz, senior vice president and director of operations; Ken F. West, senior vice president and director of operations; Christy J. Holden-Petty, administrative senior vice president and director of public relations; and Rosemary L. Woodall, senior vice president and executive secretary.

John W. Holden, Jr., president/chief executive officer and chairman of the board, made the announcement this past week.

Christy Holden-Petty

Since starting at Pioneer Credit Company 22 years ago, Christy Holden Petty has been an executive leader. In her capacity as administrative vice president and director of public relations, she has participated in steering the ever-growing company toward a more expansive domain in the financial services market.

Petty said she felt honored to have received recognition of her contributions and service to Pioneer Credit Company.

She is a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church and resides in Cleveland with her daughter, Reed, 12, and son Emerson, 8.

Ken West

Kenneth (Ken) West began his career in 1983 with Pioneer Credit Company as a customer service representative. He was elevated to senior customer service representative in 1984 and assistant manager in 1986. He was promoted to manager of the Gulfport, Miss. branch in 1987 and again in 1997 in Athens.

In April, 2006, West received a promotion to supervisor, which brought him to Cleveland to work at the company’s main office. Six years later, he was promoted to vice president and director of operations in May 2012. He was recently recognized as a recipient of the American Financial Services Association’s Employee of the Year Award. Ken has been a valuable asset to Pioneer Credit Company for over 30 years.

Ken and his wife, Jessica, and children Kayla, Kyle, and Tucker reside in Cleveland.

Ricky Hentz

John R. (Ricky) Hentz began his career in the financial services industry in 1985 as an assistant manager with Commercial Credit Company. A promotion to a manager position in 1987 had him transfer from Memphis to Chattanooga to open his own new branch office in East Tennessee. In 1990, he moved to Cleveland for a management position with A.I.C. Financial to use his organization skills to open yet another new branch. However, in 1992, Norwest Financial, recognizing his excellent skills for business management, analysis, customer service and dealing with people in general, brought him on board to oversee all office operations.

He worked there until November of 1993, when he began a new phase of his life and career with Pioneer Credit Company. His years of service, beginning as a supervisor in 1993, his promotion to vice president of operations in 1998, and his continuing education in and dedication to the financial services industry and Pioneer Credit Company as a whole have been viewed as exemplary. Ricky was recently recognized as a recipient of the American Financial Service Association’s Employee of the Year Award.

He and his wife, Angie, and two children, Will and Mary Elizabeth, make their home in Cleveland.

Todd Copic

Todd Copic was appointed Pioneer Credit Company’s vice president and chief financial officer in 2013. Copic brings more than 15 years of finance and accounting experience to the company, having previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Insight Card Services in 2012 and the Chief Financial Officer of Pioneer Credit Company from 2006 to 2012.

Prior to his time at Pioneer Credit Company, he was in commercial banking with Wells Fargo Preferred Capital in Des Moines, Iowa, where he specialized in asset based lending to the consumer finance and indirect auto industries. Since 2008, Copic has also been involved with the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), the principal trade organization for the installment lending industry. In 2010 and again in 2013, Copic was elected to the AFSA Independents section board of directors.

Rosemary Woodall

Rosemary Woodall began her career in the financial industry in 1968 and has been an important part of Pioneer Credit Company for over 40 years. Woodall was the first employee hired by President and CEO John W. Holden, Jr. in April of 1974. Her career with the company began in the first branch office as a cashier. Through hard work and dedication, she has advanced to senior vice president and executive secretary of the board of directors.

She was named Credit Woman of the Year in 1979 by Credit Women International, an organization of which she also served as secretary, vice president and president. She was recognized as a 2008 recipient of the American Financial Services Association’s (AFSA) Life Time Achievement Award. Woodall has experience in every aspect of the financial industry.

At various points in her career, she has handled or assisted with the company’s payroll, insurance claims and compliance, employee training, accounting procedures, state licensing, marketing and oversaw the company’s computer software transition in 1988. Branch level employees view her as a mentor and ask daily for her advice.

She is well known and respected throughout the company for always taking time to help those seeking her guidance. During her career, Rosemary Woodall has been instrumental in the growth and success of Pioneer Credit Company.

She is a member of Candies Creek Baptist Church. She is married to Jim Woodall and resides in Charleston.

"It’s an exciting time to be part of Pioneer Credit Company,” Board Chairman John Holden said. “This growth in leadership enhances our ability to deliver the best possible service to Pioneer's employees in our 105 locations and, as importantly, our more than 90,000 customers. Our board of directors guides Pioneer Credit Company's vision and organizational decisions; and as we move into the future these new members of the Board will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in their areas of expertise.”

Pioneer Credit Company, is a financial services company that was founded in Cleveland in 1974. The company offers loans for things like personal and home improvement loans as well as medical, home furnishing and automobile financing throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Missouri and Texas.

For more information about Pioneer Credit Company, visit www.pioneercredit.net.