Hank Barrett named California Credit Union League chairman

ONTARIO, CA (November 9, 2016) — Hank Barrett—president and CEO of Valley First Credit Union in Modesto, CA—was named board chairman of the California Credit Union League during its recent REACH Conference held at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nov. 2-4.

Rounding out the executive committee are vice chairman Nader Moghaddam, president and CEO Financial Partners Credit Union in Downey, CA, and John Cassidy, president and CEO of Sierra Central Credit Union in Yuba City, CA. Immediate Past Chairman Chuck Papenfus, president and CEO of Inland Valley Federal Credit Union in Fontana, CA, is an ex-officio member.

“I am excited and honored to serve in this position and hope to add value to our state trade association,” Barrett said.

Among the top of his list of goals for his tenure is an area he believes in strongly–advocacy.

“We have an excellent team in place within our trade association that represents us in Sacramento and D.C. This, along with a heightened engagement from a larger percentage of our member credit unions  is essential to our success,” Barrett said. “With more credit union contributions of time and money to our advocacy program, we will be an even stronger force to be reckoned with.  As we have seen over the past six years, we really need to make sure that we are getting our legislative issues heard and resolved.”

Barrett started his credit union career 36 years ago in Southern California, but has spent the last 26 years at the helm of Valley First, formerly Vintage FCU.

He has been active in numerous League positions over the years and is a 1983 graduate of Western CUNA Management School. He has served on numerous community boards, and is currently on the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation board of directors.

He has served on the California League board since 2010; prior to that, he served on the League’s “Assembly of Delegates” for a number of years.

Barrett is a graduate of the University of La Verne, where he received a B.A. in business administration.

The California League’s board of directors are Teresa Freeborn, president and CEO of Xceed Financial Credit Union in El Segundo, CA: Teresa Halleck, president and CEO of San Diego County Credit Union; Stephen Serforzo, executive manager of McClatchy Employees Credit Union in Sacramento, CA; Jon Hernandez, president and CEO of Mattel Federal Credit Union in El Segundo, CA/CalCom Federal Credit Union in Torrance, CA/Nikkei Credit Union in Gardena, CA; and Ed Turk, president and CEO of Heritage Community Credit Union in Rancho Cordova, CA.  Jeff York, president and CEO of CoastHills Credit Union in Lompoc, CA, and Brett Martinez, president and CEO of Redwood Credit Union in Santa Rosa, CA, are ex-officio members.


The 2016-2017 California Credit Union League Board of Directors

About California Credit Union League

Headquartered in Ontario, California, the League exists to help credit unions change people’s lives by supporting their operations, guidance, strategy and philosophy. Our trade association helps more than 260 local credit unions in California serve 13.3 million members and manage $285 billion in assets.


Matt Wrye

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California Credit Union League

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