Frontwave Credit Union announces new Board of Directors, New Chairman

OCEANSIDE, CA (April 8, 2020) — Following its annual meeting held on March 25, 2020, Frontwave Credit Union today announced the annual election results for its Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee. This includes a new slate of Officers headed by a new Chairman, Michael Brigagliano.

Michael Brigagliano, Brian Sutton, and James Cothran were all re-elected to the Board of Directors via acclamation. Hema Crockett and Vicente Hinojosa were also re-elected to the Supervisory Committee via acclamation. Directors selected to serve as Officers of the Board were Michael Brigagliano as Chairman, Brian Sutton as Vice Chairman, Kelley Mayer as Treasurer, and James Cothran as Secretary.

Chairman Brigagliano has served the credit union since October 2014, when he was appointed to serve as an Associate Director. He became a full Board member in early 2015, was elected to the Vice Chairman’s post in March 2018, and to the Chairman’s post in March 2020. Brigagliano has spent more than two decades in the consumer finance, mortgage lending and loan servicing industries. He takes over for Richard Rothwell, who served as Chairman of the Board from January 2010 to February 2020. Mr. Rothwell continues to serve, now as a Director.

The Frontwave Supervisory Committee is led by Chairman William Shute. In addition to Mr. Shute, Supervisory Committee Members include Kit Gardner, Robert Ross, Hema Crockett and Vicente Hinojosa.

“We’re thankful to all of our board and committee members who volunteer their time to help guide the direction of the credit union and make sure it operates in the best interest of our Members,” said Bill Birnie, President/CEO of Frontwave Credit Union. “Especially during challenging times like these, we benefit greatly from their experience and commitment to helping make our Members financial dreams come true.”

Michael Brigagliano

About Frontwave Credit Union

Frontwave Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Frontwave Credit Union provides a portfolio of financial products and services including checking and savings accounts, auto loans, mortgage loans, credit cards, home equity loans, and financial planning. Forged in 1952 as Camp Pendleton Federal Credit Union in Oceanside, California, Frontwave has grown from 8 civil service employee members and $40 in assets to over 125,000 members and nearly $1.4 billion in assets. Frontwave Credit Union has been named San Diego’s Best Credit Union and Morongo Basin’s Best Bank three years running, has been honored with the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Credit Union of the Year Award six times in the last eight years, and is continuously recognized as a best place to work. Frontwave is a ten-time recipient of the Peter Barron Stark Award for Workplace Excellence, most recently in 2022. To learn more, visit <> .


Jennifer Topzand, Vice President of Marketing
Frontwave Credit Union


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