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Celebrating Innovation and Leadership: Three of Desert Financial's Own Join the Class of the Sun Devil 100

May 02, 2024 | 2 min read

Arizona State University® (ASU®) holds a special place in the hearts of many, not just as an institution of learning but as a leader in innovation and progress. At Desert Financial, we are honored to be the retail banking partner for ASU, and love seeing and supporting Sun Devil® alumni in their entrepreneurial and leadership pursuits to succeed and make a difference in the world.

On April 26, we were proud sponsors of the Sun Devil 100 luncheon, which is an event that celebrates the achievements of ASU alumni who have excelled in their respective fields and demonstrated innovation, growth and entrepreneurship. Among the honorees were three remarkable individuals from our own Desert Financial team. Each of them embodies the qualities that define the Sun Devil 100 community. The Desert Financial team members that made the Sun Devil 100 class of 2024 are the following:

  • Thomas Marlowe, SVP, Operations - ‘00 BS political science, ‘03 MBA
  • Joe Norris, VP, Enterprise Risk Management - ‘90 BS marketing
  • Tyler Woodward, SVP, Chief Strategy Officer - ‘23 BA organizational leadership

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At Desert Financial, we believe in the power of education and the potential of every individual to make a difference. By supporting events like the Sun Devil 100 luncheon, we aim to celebrate the achievements of Sun Devils® that are inspiring future generations to reach for their dreams. In addition to attending the luncheon, to celebrate and share success with current ASU students, our honorees also participated in a pay-it-forward on campus in Tempe for over 80 students. These students were selected at random by the honorees and surprised with gifts such as a new water bottle or backpack, with a few students even receiving an iPad or AirPods provided by Desert Financial.    

Congratulations to all the honorees of this year's Sun Devil 100 luncheon. Your dedication, passion and commitment to innovation serve as a shining example for us all. Here's to many more years of success and making a difference as proud Sun Devils. Forks up®!


Nina Tekwani, Director of Brand Communications

About Desert Financial

Celebrating 85 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state's most trusted local credit union with over $8 billion in assets, 400,000+ members and 48 branches. Membership eligibility is open across Arizona with contactless solutions making it easy to click, call or come in. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial takes pride in sharing success. In 2023, members received $16 million in dividends via the Member Giveback Bonus, and the credit union became the official retail banking partner of Arizona State University. Federally insured by NCUA. Learn more at  

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