Paul Leonhardt appointed Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer at Frontwave Credit Union

OCEANSIDE, CA (May 7, 2020) — Frontwave Credit Union today is announcing the appointment of Paul Leonhardt to serve as Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer.

“We are very pleased to welcome Paul to Frontwave Credit Union,” said Bill Birnie, President and CEO of Frontwave Credit Union. “He brings 15 years of industry experience, including 12 as a senior lending executive, and is a strong addition to our executive team. He officially came on board March 30, and hit the ground running as we quickly ramped up our efforts to provide financial assistance to Members and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. I look forward to his continued contributions to Frontwave and to our Members.”

Leonhardt brings broad experience in lending operations to Frontwave, with a proven track record of driving excellence, efficiencies, and growth in consumer lending, mortgage lending, commercial lending, and collections. Prior to joining Frontwave, he most recently served as the Vice President of Consumer & Student Lending for USC Credit Union. Leonhardt has also served as SVP/Chief Lending Officer for Financial Partners Credit Union in Downey, CA, SVP/Chief Lending Officer for Credit Union ONE in Ferndale, MI, and Director of Consumer Lending at SchoolsFirst Credit Union in Tustin, CA. Prior to joining the credit union industry, he spent 10 years with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Leonhardt holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Saint Louis University, and is graduate of the Western CUNA Management School.

Paul Leonhardt

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 <> .


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