Island Savings

Island Savings president Randy Bertsch retiring; Kendall Gross appointed new president

July 16, 2019

DUNCAN, B.C. – July 15, 2019 – Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union has announced the retirement of its president, Randy Bertsch effective August 30. Kendall Gross, Vice President, Retail and Business Banking of the credit union’s Valley First division, has been appointed the new president of Island Savings. 

“On behalf of our entire organization, I’d like to thank Randy for his significant contributions and work over the years to shape Island Savings into the highly successful and respected brand it is today,” says Launi Skinner, First West’s CEO. “Under Randy’s leadership, Island Savings has welcomed thousands of new members, grown more than a billion dollars in funds under administration and is well-positioned today to meet the evolving banking needs of our members. Randy has exemplified the community leadership we seek to cultivate within our teams and we’re grateful for his numerous contributions.” 

“Kendall is the natural choice to succeed Randy as president. He’s a proven, respected leader who brings 25 years of financial services experience in leadership roles, and I have every confidence that under Kendall’s leadership Island Savings will continue to grow and thrive,” says Skinner. 

Gross joined First West in 2015 and has worked to serve members in the credit union’s communities throughout B.C.’s Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson Valley area. He was recognized in 2016 as Kelowna Chamber of Commerce/BDO’s Top 40 over 40 and has volunteered for years with the Central Okanagan Food Bank in various capacities. Kendall has more than a decade of volunteer contribution in youth football as a coach; he has been recognized twice as B.C. Community Football Coach of the Year. Having lived previously in the Victoria area, he is excited to be putting down new roots with his wife and three children on Vancouver Island. 

“Im thrilled by both the opportunity to oversee the next chapter of growth for Island Savings and the chance to return to the Island, which has always felt like home for me,” says Gross. “It’s an exciting time to be part of the business community on Vancouver Island and I look forward to providing local members and businesses with the support they need to grow.” 


About Island Savings

Island Savings is a member-owned financial co-operative, providing banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union with $10 billion in assets, 250,000 members, 53 branches and 38 insurance offices throughout the province, Island Savings brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Island Savings, visit

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