Frontwave President/CEO Bill Birnie named one of San Diego’s most influential leaders

OCEANSIDE, CA (December 6, 2021) — Frontwave Credit Union is proud to announce President/CEO Bill Birnie has been named to the San Diego Business Journal’s SD500, an annual list of the most influential leaders in San Diego.

From civic and lifestyle champions, to pioneers in finance, technology, and life sciences, the SD500 are billed as the human capital powering San Diego County’s prosperity. They not only contribute to the region’s economic success, but also to improving the community as a whole.

Birnie was nominated for his more than 30 years of work championing the credit union movement, as well as his service to local and military communities through the Defense Credit Union Council, Armed Forces Financial Network, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Camp Pendleton Historical Society and Moonlight Cultural Foundation.

“It’s a true honor to be named to the SD500 alongside business icons like Irwin Jacobs, the co-founder of Qualcomm, and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Ardem Patapoutian of the Scripps Research Institute,” said Birnie. “Credit unions are built on the philosophy of ‘People Helping People,’ and being included among these great local leaders is a testament to the fact that the work we do every day makes a real difference in people’s lives.”

Bill Birnie

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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