The Chairman of the Board of Pasadena Federal Credit Union (Pasadena FCU), Rich Haluschak, has announced the selection of Christopher O’Malley as President/CEO, placed by O’Rourke and Associates, following the retirement of Ron Berry after 30 years of service in various roles to the member/owners of Pasadena FCU (PFCU) and the San Gabriel Valley communities it serves. The announcement comes as the Credit Union nears completion of modernization efforts over the past two years that position PFCU to become the premiere Credit Union in Pasadena and the SGV. Mr. Haluschak conveyed the excitement the Board feels about the knowledge and skills Mr. O’Malley will bring to the Credit Union.
A Southern California native, Mr. O’Malley has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has most recently served the members and staff of $1Billion iQ Credit Union, headquartered in Vancouver, WA as both SVP of Retail Delivery and Chief Information Officer. Previously, he held Sr. Leadership roles at Altura Credit Union, Citibank, Wachovia and Zion’s Bank. He has been active in the Northwest Credit Union Association and served on the Advisory Taskforce to the Director, Division of Credit Unions for the WA State DFI. He has passionately served his community as a children’s advocacy board member, as Vice Chair for Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, and on many committees and taskforces in local school districts. He is a fluent Spanish speaker, and an ardent supporter of Hispanic outreach and community development initiatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific University in Portland, OR.
“I am very grateful to the Board of Directors for the incredible opportunity to lead a credit union that is steeped in a culture of community commitment, having a progressive vision to deliver on services that enrich the financial well-being of its members, through all channels and transactions. Pasadena FCU has been insightful in both approach and preparation for meeting member demand in our fast-evolving and complex, competitive financial services industry. There is no place I’d rather be. I also want to thank Ron Berry for the great and noble work he accomplished during his many years of service, and for assembling a stellar Senior Leadership Team that will walk beside me daily. The future is very bright.”
“Ron Berry took the helm of PFCU during a very challenging time in the national economy, successfully navigating through some very tough challenges while other credit unions failed. He wisely invested in technologies that will allow PFCU and its members to thrive for years to come. We are very grateful and, even though he will be missed, we wish him all the best in his retirement,” said Mr. Haluschak. Mr. Berry became a leader in the Credit Union movement in the early 1980’s as the Chairman of the Board of the Pasadena Star News Federal Credit Union until it joined forces with PFCU, where he also served as Chairman for over 15 years prior to becoming President/CEO in March of 2008. Ron has been active with the Pasadena Rotary Club, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, The Pasadena Police Foundation, The Pasadena Fire Foundation, and numerous other local non-profit, business, and charitable organizations. He is highly respected in the community and intends to continue assisting local agencies that serve the SGV.
Mr. Haluschak closed by saying, “For more than a year the Board of Directors has been engaged in deep thought, conversation, and planning for the future of Pasadena FCU. We are poised to embark on a path of growth while maintaining the stability and strong financial foundation of the credit union. There are opportunities to engage with underserved groups in the San Gabriel Valley. Ron Berry built a solid foundation and pulled together an excellent team within the Credit Union. The Board knows that with Chris’ leadership, the team will not only continue to improve service to our current membership, but also grow and engage with our community in new ways.
Pasadena Federal Credit Union is a non-profit financial cooperative established by municipal employees in 1935 and owned by more than 11,000 members today. We officially serve the employees of the cities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Gabriel and Sierra Madre, as well as dozens of non-profits and businesses throughout the SGV. We provide convenient, affordable loans and financial products to employees, volunteers and family members of the organizations we serve. For a complete list, see the “How to Join” section of our website, www.pfcu.org. We are on Facebook and Twitter as Pasadenafcu.
Pasadena FCU shares are federally insured to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the National Credit Union Administration, a U.S. Government Agency.