Biana Murnane appointed Chief Executive Officer of Brightstar Credit Union
Credit Union veteran brings nearly three decades of experience working at BrightStar to new CEO role
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (July 14, 2023) — BrightStar Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in Florida and the Southeast, announced today the promotion of Biana Murnane to president and chief executive officer.
Murnane, a seasoned leader in financial services and a 26-year BrightStar employee, entered the industry working for a South Florida CPA firm. She joined BrightStar Credit Union in 1997 and has been with the organization ever since. Working her way up within the organization through various positions, Murnane has been a catalyst for change and growth at BrightStar, overseeing everything from finances to overall operations. Thanks to her strategic leadership, hard work and unwavering commitment, the organization has grown in assets and membership to nearly $800 million and more than 61,000 members, respectively.
Murnane’s first role at BrightStar was as a controller, managing the accounting department. From there, she advanced to executive vice president and chief financial officer, working closely with former CEO Michael Tomko to assist in planning and directing all credit union activities, advocating for financial literacy in schools and our community, and building meaningful relationships with stakeholders and members. Murnane also oversaw the Electronic Funds Transfer and Information Technology departments, where she was responsible for bringing digital person-to-person money transfer payment programs to membership.
“Biana’s commitment and dedication to BrightStar have proven invaluable in the years she has been with us,” stated Michael Tomko, former president and CEO of BrightStar Credit Union. “She’s more than an exemplary professional; she’s a key member of the BrightStar family whose initiative and success in driving this organization’s growth through the years has earned her this position. I couldn’t think of a more deserving person who embodies BrightStar’s values and mission and will continue to pour her heart and soul into serving our community.”
Murnane obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Florida International University. She is a certified public accountant and held a position on the prestigious Board of Directors of the Broward Chapter of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU) for many years, where she promoted advocacy and information for credit unions in Florida. She is also a 2020 recipient of South Florida Business Journal’s CFO Awards.
About BrightStar Credit Union
BrightStar Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in South Florida with more than 61,000 members. BrightStar Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative with eight branch locations in Broward County. BrightStar offers a variety of financial services, including checking and savings accounts; personal, credit card, home equity, auto and mortgage loans; investments; and home and auto insurance products. For more information, please visit www.bscu.org.