On Aug. 1, Irene Oberbauer assumed the role of president and CEO of San Diego County Credit Union, the county's largest locally based credit union with $3.9 billion in assets. Oberbauer ascended to the chief executive position after more than 10 years with the credit union, where she worked her way up from head of business development and administrative services when she came aboard in 1995.
During her first half year as chief executive, Oberbauer has tried to pick up where her predecessor left off, she said. Part of that entails continuing the bank's expansion into Orange and Riverside counties, where its members have requested additional branches.
"There is a lot of excitement going on and a lot of things we want to get done, but there are never enough hours in the day," Oberbauer said. "But that's OK because it keeps me energized and keeps me moving."
Oberbauer sits on the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego and the Holiday Bowl. The San Diego County Credit Union is the title sponsor of the Poinsettia Bowl, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For every ticket sold at the game Dec. 20, $1 was donated to the foundation. The San Diego County Credit Union is also involved with the San Diego Blood Bank, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
"The San Diego County Credit Union is definitely on the cutting edge when it comes to community involvement in very, very diverse areas," Oberbauer said.
The San Diego County Crecit Union opened two new branches in 2007, one in La Mesa and the other in Northern Temecula, bringing the credit union's total to 25. The credit union has more than 188,000 members.
"We know we have a fantastic organization, so it's been all about being able to maintain that momentum and continue to enhance our product line for our members," noted Oberbauer.