Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union announces retirement of President/Chief Executive Officer

OCEANSIDE, NY (January 8, 2019) — Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union’s President and CEO, Joseph Garay, has announced his plan to retire to the Board of Directors. Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union has hired D. Hilton Associates to conduct a nationwide search to find its next President and CEO.

“We would like to thank Joe for all he has done for our credit union and our community over the past 27 years. He has been a truly inspirational leader and friend,” said Donald Maresca, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. “We wish Joe and his family all the best for whatever lies ahead.”

Garay has been associated with Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union since its inception. His father founded the credit union in 1969 and he came of age learning the business. His father ran the organization for 22 years, before passing it over to his son in 1991. Garay was born in Manhattan, graduated from Maria Regina High School in Uniondale in 1972, and then graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1978. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Oceanside, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, and director of the New York State Credit Union League. Garay has been a Trustee at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Center Inc since September 2017.

“I was lucky enough to grow up in the credit union and be given an incredible opportunity to have a deeply rewarding career helping people with their financial needs. We have built a great team and I am confident that Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union will continue having a positive impact on the lives of its members for many years to come,” said Joseph.

About Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union

Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union was formed in 1969 by a group of Father Joseph O’Connell Knights of Columbus members looking to provide financial services to Brother Knights and their families. Over the years, the credit union has evolved in name and in the field of membership, while maintaining ties to their Catholic roots. Today, Ocean Financial has grown to over $359 million in assets, serving members of the Knights of Columbus in New York State, the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and any Catholic interested in the credit union. Inspired by their Catholic values, Ocean Financial provides exceptional products and services to the Catholic community. The credit union takes pride in having Catholic values you can bank on. Ocean Financial promotes these values throughout the entire organization, down to the logo. To learn more, visit

About D. Hilton Associates, Inc.

D. Hilton Associates, Inc. is one of the most recognized credit union consulting firms in the country. Our major practice areas are Executive Recruiting, Compensation Services, Retention & Retirement, Strategic Services, and Board Leadership. To date, D. Hilton has conducted over 3,000 successful searches for credit unions nationwide and has been employed by 95% of the largest credit unions in the country to fill senior executive management positions. For more information, please visit our website at


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