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Michael J. Maslak

President & CEO, North Island Credit Union

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Inspired by the national credit union's vision of "People Helping People," Mike Maslak, president and CEO of North Island Credit Union, leads a world-class organization committed to providing world-class financial services, to fulfill the mission of "providing people with the means to achieve their dreams."

Maslak has been with North Island Credit Union since 1987, and in that time he has helped it grow from a $300 million credit union to a $1.5 billion institution. His legacy at the credit union is a people-focused culture built upon a sincere belief that employee loyalty plus consumer advocacy equals bottom-line success.

In July, the credit union broke ground on its new six-story, 130,000-square-foot headquarters building at 5897 Copley Drive in Kearny Mesa. Slated to officially open in late 2008, the building was designed by San Diego-based H2A Architects to incorporate many "island-inspired" elements as well as an array of environmentally friendly features. Upon completion, the project will seek the acclaimed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Mike Maslak

Expanding its community involvement, North Island Credit Union launched "It Just Add$ Up," a financial literacy guide for middle and high school students, in partnership with the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Union-Tribune produced the 20-lesson financial literacy guide and provides it free to all teachers at the prescribed levels. For its part, North Island Credit Union awards savings account certificates to all students in the classroom selected who use the guide most effectively and creatively throughout the school year. Seventy-eight Point Loma High School students received $25 savings account certificates earlier this year.

Recently, North Island Credit Union was named among the 25 Best Medium Size Companies to Work for in America by the Society for Human Resource Management. As a part of the evaluation, a Great Place to Work Trust Index survey was conducted with randomly selected employees to gauge their feelings in five categories: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. The credit union earned an overall ranking of 90 percent.

In March 2005, the California Council for Excellence awarded North Island Credit Union the Governor's Award for Performance Excellence. This award is reserved for top award winners (The Best of the Best) that consistently demonstrate superior results and organizational excellence in accordance with the National Malcolm Baldrige criteria.

Maslak has served as a board member on the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Chula Vista Veteran's Home. He currently serves on the board of Corozon de Vida, which raises funds for orphans in Baja California, Mexico. In 2005, Maslak was awarded the Boys and Girls Club Golden Achievement Award for service to the community.

Maslak has held numerous roles in the credit union system, including California Credit Union League (CCUL) board of directors, Credit Union National Association national director and member of the Government Relations Committees for both the CCUL and National Association of Federal Credit Unions. In November 2005, Maslak was honored as the Credit Union Executives Society's Executive of the Year.

North Island Credit Union offers personal and business financial services to its members at 17 branch locations in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties.

Submitted by North Island Credit Union

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